BT offers solution for notspots


BT has announced a pilot of a new technology it hopes will allow UK homes currently not served by broadband to get access to faster speeds.

Broadband Enabling Technology (Bet) can provide between 1 and 2Mbps (megabit per second) broadband to homes currently struggling on dial-up. With funding, BT said it could fulfill the government’s pledge to bring broadband to every home by 2012. Up to three million homes in the UK are in so-called broadband "notspots". Openreach, the BT spin-off responsible for the broadband network, has trialled the technology in Scotland and found it to be successful.

It will now extend that trial to eight other locations, including towns in Berkshire, the West Midlands, West Sussex and Norfolk. Usually houses farther than 5km from their local telephone exchange are unable to get broadband but Bet increases the range to 12km.

Read the full article at BBC Tech News here

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