BT Wants to Make 5Mbps the New Broadband Default Speed

By Gary Cutlack on at

BT's boss has delivered a speech outlining his company's future commitments to the nation's pipes, claiming he foresees a dream world where even the remotest broadband notspot is one day connected to the infinite fun cloud at no less that 5Mbps.

The headline claim from Gavin Patterson is that we'll see a "new universal minimum broadband speed" of 5-10Mbps across the nation, if regulator Ofcom agrees, a target that'll be met by a combination of wiring up more premises to fibre, expanding the "wireless to the cabinet" test schemes and introducing a satellite broadband service to connect homes and businesses in the remotest parts of the UK before the end of 2015.

Patterson said: "We want to forge an ultrafast future for Britain and stand ready to help government deliver the broadband speeds necessary for every property to enjoy modern day internet services, such as high definition TV streaming and cloud computing. To achieve this, we need a collaborative effort across industry and government."

By which he means let us hang on to Openreach and we'll try to pop a few satellite dishes onto the sides of farms to keep people outside of London happy.

Patterson also used his speech to promise to extend fibre broadband coverage beyond the current 95 per cent of premises by 2017 ambition, while also delivering "ultrafast" broadband of between 300Mbps and 500Mbps to 10m homes and businesses by the end of 2020. And there will be a Gigabit option too, at some point in the future, if you live somewhere deemed worthy. [BT]