BT Infinity, advertising a long wait

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=British+Telecom&iid=5779256″ src=”″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /]BT is currently rolling out advertising for its “BT Infinity” product which launched in January of this year, advertising broadband speeds of up to “40 Megabit” coming to your area soon. Except, it isn’t really is it. BT are rolling out their new fibre optic network as part of their move to faster internet connections, and ultimately the promise of delivery of products like BT Vision being entirely IP based, instead of using a combination of Freeview and on demand products.

Of course, BT Infinity’s advertising isn’t quite so honest about what we’ll be getting. By 2012, when their rollout will be “completed”. ┬áBy the end of summer 2011, 4 million premises will be able to get onto the service. By 2012, they plan to cover 40% of the country, 10 million homes, with their new fibre optic system. So by Summer 2011, 15% of the country will get the service. Not really “coming to my area soon”.

The vast majority of this system will be connecting the fibres to those green boxes you see at the end of the street, meaning the last part of your connections journey will be via your traditional copper cabling, so its not a true fibre optic network (Its a start, but its not their yet)

So I decided to check what exchanges in my area (the West Midlands) will be enabled. I found a list from Broadband Choices, and what I saw showed that its plainly obvious, that the ten million homes will mostly be in London, The South East, and middle class parts of the country.

Acton, Addiscombe, Balham, Battersea, Bayswater, Beckenham, Beulah Hill, Bexleyheath, Bowes Park, Brixton, Bromley, Catford, Chelsea, Chessington, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Clapton, Clerkenwell, Colindale, Cricklewood, Crouch End, Croydon, Deptford, Dulwich, Ealing, Earls Court, Edgware, Feltham, Finchley, Forest Hill, Fulham, Gants Hill, Gipsy Hill, Golders Green, Goodmayes, Grove Park, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harlesden, Harrow, Hayes, Hayes Common, Hendon, Hounslow, Ilford Central, Ilford North, Isleworth, Kensal Green, Kentish Town, Kenton Road, Kidbrooke, Kingsbury, Kingsland Green, Kingston, Kneller Hall, Lee Green, Leytonstone, Lords, Lower Holloway, Maida Vale, Malden, Mill Hill, Mortlake, New Cross, Nine Elms, Norbury, North Cheam, North Edgware, North Finchley, North Wembley, Northolt, Northwood, Palmers Green, Perivale, Pimlico, Pinner, Poplar, Primrose Hill, Purley, Richmond Kew – Surrey, Romford, Ruislip, Rushey Green, Sanderstead, Shepherds Bush, South Clapham, South Harrow, South Kensington, Southall, Southwark, Stanmore, Stratford, Streatham, Surbiton, Teddington, Thornton Heath, Tulse Hill, Twickenham, Upper Holloway, Upton Park, Uxbridge, Vauxhall, Wallington, Walthamstow, Walworth, Wandsworth, Wembley, West Drayton, West Kensington, West Wickham, Willesden, Winchmore Hill, Worcester Park.
South East
Abingdon, Aldershot, Alton, Amersham, Ascot, Ashford – Kent, Ashford – Middlesex, Bagshot, Banbury, Beaconsfield, Bearsted, Blackwater, Blue Bell Hill, Bordon, Botley, Bourne End, Bracknell, Brighton Withdean, Brookwood, Burgess Hill, Burnham – Buckinghamshire, Camberley, Canterbury, Chesham, Copthorne, Crawley, Crowborough, East Grinstead, Egham, Farnborough – Hampshire, Farnham, Fleet – Hampshire, Gerrards Cross, Godalming, Gravesend, Guildford, Haslemere, Haywards Heath, Headington, Herne Bay, High Wycombe, Holmer Green, Horley, Horsham, Marlow, Milton Keynes, Molesey, Newbury, Oxford, Penn – Buckinghamshire, Portsmouth North End, Pound Hill, Reading Central, Ringwood, Sevenoaks, Shenley Church End, Slough, Southwater, Staines, Summertown, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Tonbridge, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Twyford – Berkshire, Uckfield, Walton-On- Thames, Wantage, Waterlooville, West Malling, Winchester, Windsor, Winkfield Row, Woking, Wolverton, Woodley – Berkshire, Yateley.

Now, lets compare that with…

West Midlands
Berkswell, Bromsgrove, Burntwood, Cheslyn Hay, Droitwich, Evesham, Fazeley, Fernhill Heath, Heath Hayes, Knowle, Leamington Spa, Lichfield, Polesworth, Rugby, Stratford-On-Avon, Worcester, Worcester St. Johns, Worcester St. Peters.

So basically, if you’re in the South or a middle class area, where there are only one or two exchanges to cover your town, you’re in luck. If you live somewhere like I do, where there are 5 exchanges just to cover my town, then you’re in absolutely no luck. The best part of this? Most of these areas are already very well covered with fibre optic connections via Virgin Media.

So now those in Virgin areas finally get a choice of 2 fibre optic providers. Those who don’t live in Virgin Media areas, or aren’t lucky enough to be able to have a job that simply involves meetings, and passing down your work to other people to do, then you can stay with your inadequate pure copper connection where if you’re really close to the exchange you can get up to 10-20Mbit. If you live more than half a mile away you’ll be lucky to get 8. Hey, if you live in a rural area, you’ll get 2Mbit maximum, and probably no choice other than BT for your connection. Lets not forget a pigeon just beat a rural BT ADSL broadband connection in delivering a video to a town 120km away. Competition gives us choice, reduced prices and fairness does it? Thanks capitalism for being so fair.

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