BT has announced the commercial launch of its 110Mb ultra-fast fibre broadband service.
The firm has activated fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband services, where broadband is delivered directly from a BT telephone exchange into a business or household.
This technology – the only one solely based on optical fibre – enables the user to benefit from faster download speeds, as there is no copper connection from a street cabinet.
110Mb fibre broadband will become available in six UK locations from late October before a wider deployment across the UK.
All domestic broadband providers have access to the service on a wholesale basis, allowing them to market their own ultra-fast broadband deals to UK customers.
Broadband providers will be able to offer broadband packages with various speed combinations, BT explained.
The fastest speed combinations being made available this month are 110Mb downloads with 15Mb uploads, and 100Mb downloads with 30Mb uploads.
BT explained that, ultimately, its FTTP infrastructure could offer "dramatic" broadband speeds of up to 1Gb, and these are currently being trialled in Kesgrave, Suffolk.
"The launch of FTTP builds on Openreach's rapid deployment of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband," BT noted.
"This latter service - where fibre is deployed from the BT exchange to the cabinet and copper is then used for the final connection to the premises - is already available to more than five million homes and businesses."
BT said the recent approval from the network frequency authorities means that Openreach now has permission to roughly double the speeds delivered over the service at some stage in 2012.
Upon completion of the necessary upgrade work, BT should be able to increase FTTC speeds from 40Mb to 80Mb, enabling consumers and businesses to gain additional online functionality.
"These developments will transform the broadband speeds that are available across the UK," BT added.