BT Infinity doubling speeds to 76Mbps for free tomorrow

BT is doubling its Infinity 2 broadband speeds from tomorrow -- for free.

What's infinity times two? If you're on BT broadband you're about to find out: BT Infinity is doubling its speeds from tomorrow -- for free.

To be precise, the BT Infinity 2 package goes up to 76Mbps from the current 38Mbps, with upload speeds boosted to 9.5Mbps from 1.9Mbps.

BT says it's also improving BT Infinity 1 upstream speeds by up to five times. Those are some pretty generous boosts -- but as always we must point out that those are theoretical maximum speeds. The actual rates you receive depend on where you are, what time it is, how hungry you are, whether the moon is in Capricorn, the polarity of the neutron flow and whether there's an unexpected item in the bagging area.

Currently BT zaps data through fibre optic cables until it reaches your house, where the last bit is via slower copper wire. That Fibre to the Cabinet network will be superceded by BT's hotly-anticpated new Fibre to the Premises network next year, when the optical fibre shoots all the way into your house and right up your nostrils, injecting the Internet directly into your brainbits at up to 300Mbps.

The increased speeds require a new contract, even if you're an existing customer. If you're new to BT you'll get the new speeds straight away, and if you already have BT Infinity you need to sign a new contract to feel the benefit, starting the clock again on the time you're locked into BT.

We like to hear this kind of news from Internet service providers, but as always, results will vary. A whopping three-quarters of us are unhappy with our broadband , with speeds fluctuating by as much as a third at different times of the day. The good news is cheaper broadband looks likely as Ofcom aims to cap BT's charges .

If you're struggling with your broadband, press play on our video to find out just how much Internet you need:

Are you on BT Infinity or will you be signing up? What's your broadband like? Any tips for improving speeds? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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