As well as a new Home Hub 5 for super-fast Infinity customers, BT unveils broadband that could hit speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Customers using Free's fiber-optic network receive a tenfold download speed increase to 1Gbps as very high-speed broadband becomes a point of competition.
The number of fiber-to-the-home deployments will rise 30 percent annually over the next five years, says research firm Heavy Reading, with 130 million households likely to have fiber hookups by 2013.
The EU is going to approve the roll-out of fibre broadband to the countryside.
The average broadband download speed is up 28 percent, while upload speed increases 16 percent over 2008, according to a new survey from In-Stat.
BT and the EU are to bring extra-fast broadband to the beaches of Cornwall in the UK's biggest fibre-optic project yet.
About 422 million households worldwide, or one in five, will be wired to the Net by year's end, according to Gartner.
5 million homes in rural Britain are set for next-generation super-fast broadband. Fujitsu has teamed up with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to carry cable to the countryside.
The cable industry says it is more than ready to compete with Google Fiber, but adds that consumers are nowhere near ready for gigabit speeds. Is it cable's pricing schemes that are holding back adoption?
The Net giant tries to patent a technique for using a flat, flexible housing to lower the cost of bringing a super-fast Internet to homes. Just how big will Google Fiber be?