Sky broadband has been available for many years now, but it's always been at the mercy of BT for the 'last mile' -- the connection between your house, the exchange and the ISP. Now it's looking to connect direct to your house.
Virgin Media's 100Mbps service is now available to 'over 20 million people' or a third of the UK, with half the UK scheduled for mid-2012. It's also been testing 1.5Gbps and is ready for the higher speeds when needed.
According to Ofcom's recent infrastructure report for 2011, British households download 17GB on average per month over their fixed broadband lines. That's the equivalent of streaming about 12 hours of BBC iPlayer.
BT's been having issues in London this morning with an outage caused by BT Stepney Green exchange. The broadband-blackout was only momentary, but has upset routers good-and-proper. If your BT-line fed broadband is on the fritz, a router reset should do the trick. [ZDnet UK]
While the vast majority of Brits can only dream of the kind of connectivity the likes of South Korea have, residents of Prices Court in Wandsworth can live that dream as of today -- gigabit broadband is go.
Fibre-to-the-home is the holy grail of broadband, but rolling out all that optical cable to each house costs a bomb, especially in Britain. A recent VDSL2 development by Alcatel-Lucent should help our copper wires stretch that little bit further.
BT has updated us on its efforts to bring its faster fibre broadband network to the UK, claiming that certain areas will get staggering 'Fibre to the Premises' max download speeds of 300Mbps from spring of next year.