BT Total Broadband

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BT Total Broadband[1] is a broadband internet product offered by BT Retail, which is part of BT Group plc. It was formerly known as BT Yahoo! Broadband, BT Openworld and simply BT Broadband. BT is the largest ISP in the UK with currently 4,600,000 broadband users.[2]

BT Home Hub[edit]

Main article: BT Home Hub

The BT Home Hub is a wireless Internet router from BT. It is based on the IEEE 802.11g (WiFi) standard and also supports IEEE 802.11b devices. It is significant as it marks BTs departure away from traditional telecommunications services and towards Internet and media products. It supports VoIP Internet calls and is compatible with existing DECT handsets. It works with the existing BT Fusion service and works with the BT Vision video on demand service.[3] The device connects to the Internet using a standard ADSL connection. It will be able to support the WBC products using ADSL2+ (up to 24Mb) when BT Wholesale launches them in April 2008. BT launched a new look Home Hub in October 2007 with an enhanced wireless footprint.[clarification needed] In July 2008 the Home Hub was relaunched with a new smaller design, Draft-N wireless, additional connections and a new user interface, unlike the previous replacement the new Home Hub was given a .0 release making it the Home Hub 2.0.

BT Infinity[edit]

Main article: BT Infinity

In January 2010 BT launched a new fibre-optic product called BT Infinity. 4 million homes in the UK are covered by this service. Most homes will get FTTC service and have up to 40Mbit/s broadband, those with FTTP will get 100Mbit/s and a 20GB monthly usage allowance, with an unlimited package also offered. BT have since rolled out Infinity 2 offering up to 79Mbit/s download and 19 Mbit/s upload with an unlimited package. Infinity customers are allowed to upgrade to Infinity 2, but must restart their 18 Month contract. [4]

Virgin Media offer an up to 100Mb service although, as some commentators have noted,[5] since both are using FTTC the difference in speeds consumers actually achieve is likely to be negligible.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "BT Total Broadband". BT Group. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ UK ISP, Cable & Dongle Numbers - Jan 2009
  3. ^ BT Home Hub Page - Use with BT Fusion and Vision services. Retrieved 14 February 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/21/bt_infinity/
  5. ^ "Find out who's best: BT Infinity or Virgin Media". Choose.net. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-27.