BT gears up 300Mbps broadband, super-fast Home Hub 5

As well as a new Home Hub 5 for super-fast Infinity customers, BT unveils broadband that could hit speeds of up to 300Mbps.

BT broadband is about to get another dizzying speed boost -- for a select few. As well as unveiling a new Home Hub 5 for super-fast Infinity customers, BT has announced broadband that could hit speeds of up to 300Mbps.

Holy hell, that's fast. But the eye-wateringly speedy service only offers vertiginous speeds to those homes and businesses wired up with fibre-optic connections that go right into the building.

Fibre optics are the next generation of phone cables, but often only go as far as a local exchange or a junction box on your street, from whence the data signal is carried the rest of the way to your computer by traditional copper wires. On announcing the new super-fast service, BT reckons that around 100,000 premises see the Internet carried all the way into the back of your computer by fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections, also known as fibre to the home (FTTH).

Whether you benefit from an FTTP connection depends on your local exchange. BT says such connections are spread around the country -- so it isn't confined to specific areas, such as, for example, London.

Home Hub 5

No sooner has BT debuted the dual-band Home Hub 4 then along comes -- you guessed it -- the Home Hub 5. The Home Hub 5 looks pretty much identical to your Home Hub 4, but it's designed to replace the gubbins required for the super-fast BT Infinity fibre broadband service. Currently you need a separate box attached to your router, but the Home Hub 5 combines everything into one VDSL router.

The Home Hub 5 also includes next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet socket.

Both the new super-fast 300Mbps broadband service and the new Home Hub 5 router will be available "later this year", BT promises. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

How fast is your broadband? Is BT the best in the business, or do Sky, Virgin or others beat BT? Stream me your thoughts into the comments or on our super-fast Facebook wall.

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