BT nearly doubles Infinity fiber speeds

BT has nearly doubled the speed of its Infinity-2 fiber broadband service to up to 76 Mbps for free – but only if existing customers agree to a contract extension.

The company will also provide upload speeds of up to 19 Mbps on the plan, served by its FTTC technology. The previous peak downlink speed was 38 Mbps.

The lower-tier Infinity-1 plan will have a new peak speed of up to 38 Mbps, and an uplink of up to 9.5Mbps.

But BT confirmed to The Register that existing customers will have to agree to a new 12 or 18 month contract in order to take advantage of the upgraded speeds.

A BT spokesperson told the site that the speed boost requires a “regrade” from the company.

BT passes around 7 million premises in Britain with its Infinity network, and the company aims to increase that to 10 million this year. The company has committed £2.5 billion (€3.03 billion) to fiber upgrades.

BT rival Virgin Media provides up to 100Mbps services to 13 million homes, and plans to increase this top speed to 120Mbps

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