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BT launches 40Mbps superfast broadband

BT's Infinity 'faster uploads than Virgin Media'

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BT has announced BT Infinity – a high-speed broadband service that it claims has download speeds of up to 40Mbps.

BT Infinity uses fibre optic technology to offer download speeds of of up 40Mbps from £19.99 per month. New and existing BT customers in enabled areas will automatically be eligible for the service from 25th January, says BT. Existing customers will be required to sign a new contract.

Faster BT broadband speeds

BT Infinity will benefit those who use sites such as iPlayer and YouTube to watch video online by offering high-quality media streaming, according to BT. The company claims iTunes downloads will be up to seven-times faster and online gaming up to 30 percent quicker.

BT says the 40Mbps service will allow households with more than one computer, laptop or other internet device to access services like high-definition (HD) catch up TV, social networking and sharing photos at the same time. 

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BT Infinity package details and pricing

Customers will need to sign up to an 18-month contract with BT to access the service, with the company offering two price options:

BT Infinity Option 1 

£19.99 per month, £50 connection charge, up to 40Mbps download speed, up to 2Mbps upload speed, 20GB monthly usage allowance, free BT home hub, and 250 wi-fi minutes for accessing wireless hotspots on the move.

BT Infinity option 2

£24.99 per month, free connection, up to 40Mbps download speed, up to 10Mbps upload speed, unlimited monthly usage, free BT home hub, and unlimited access to BT wireless hotspots using its Openzone service.

For more information on the Infinity packages visit the BT Infinity website.

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BT vs Virgin Media

BT says that the cheaper £19.99 Infinity package saves £7.47 a month compared to Virgin Media’s XXL highest speed service. The Virgin Media XXL package offers speeds of up to 50Mbps.

The company claims upstream services of 10Mbps – available on Infinity Option 2 – will be the fastest in the UK. BT says this is more than six-times faster than Virgin Media’s fastest service. 

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Future broadband from BT

BT says today’s announcement is part of its longer-term program to make superfast broadband available to at least 40% of the UK by 2012. The company has pledged to spend £1.5 billion in rolling out faster services. BT is launching a new superfast business version of this service called BT Business Total Broadband Fibre.

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