BT Gets More Speed From Copper Wires

Posted: Aug 19 2009, 6:45am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:50pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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All the talk of more speed for internet users on BT and other ISPs is typically centered on new fiber installations. However, BT has said that people shouldn’t write off copper cabling already laid just yet.

The telecom has figured out a way to coax more speed out of plain old copper wiring. The new speed boost will make broadband speeds faster for the bulk of the company's users. The key to the faster speeds is a small plate that users self install on the main phone socket to reduce electrical interference.

The accelerator is called the I-Plate and isolates a redundant wire in the jacks that can slow data speeds. It is possible that the plate can increase data speeds by 1.5Mbps making the fastest speeds available about 20Mbps. The plate is free as well with users only needing to pay £1.20 for postage.

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