Broadband stakes are upped as BT reveals 24Mbps service

16 Apr 2009

All new broadband subscribers in the 22 locations that BT has unbundled exchanges will automatically be able to avail of speeds of up to 24Mbps, the company said today.

The company said that instead of the original broadband speeds of between 1Mbps and 6Mbps, new customers will be automatically provided with 24Mbps.

New customers who want to avail of the 24Mbps speed will be given two price options of €39.16 (inc VAT) and €46.19 respectively for a 10GB and 30GB download limit, with line rental included. Users can get a no-limits download policy for €56.23 per month.

“By offering speeds of up to 24Mbps, we are opening up all of the possibilities that an enriched broadband experience delivers, such as ultra-fast downloading, video, video on demand, gaming and having numerous PCs connected at one time without compromising overall experience,” said Micheál Burke, director of BT’s consumer division.

“All of this is at no extra cost to the customer and delivered over our own fully capable and reliable next-generation network,” Burke said.

The new offer applies to new users in the following exchanges: Tallaght, Dun Laoghaire, Dolphins Barn, Dublin North Main, Terenure, Merrion, Crown Alley, Beggars Bush, Swords, Clondalkin, Summerhill, Blanchardstown, Whitehall, Belcamp, Foxrock, Naas, Dooradoyle (Limerick), Navan, Kilkenny City, Douglas (Cork), Ballincollig (Cork) and Greystones (Wicklow).

A spokesperson for BT told that all existing BT customers in the 22 exchanges will be upgraded at no extra charge from next month.

She said there are no plans to offer speeds of 24Mbps from non-BT exchanges at present.

By John Kennedy