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BT has upped the speed of its most sophisticated home fibre broadband product to 160Mb, offering its fastest ever consumer broadband.

The service costs £35 a month plus £14.60 line rental and it replaces the previous fastest service which ran at 100Mb. The upstream speeds remain at 20Mb.

BT Infinity has been upgrading its network of fibre optic technology to deliver the internet at groundbreaking speeds. 160Mb is 13 times faster than the UK average.

FTTH, also known as fibre-to-the-premises, provides a fibre optic connection from an exchange direct to a building.

However, there are very few areas offering FTTH – at the moment only around 85,000 premises across the UK can benefit from it.

The FTTH Council Europe recently highlighted the UK's poor coverage, pointing out that FTTH covers just 0.05 per cent of households.

According to Think Broadband, BT has been trialling 330Mb at selected exchanges, meaning this new 160Mb offering could be the same product but with a speed limitation.

It means even faster download rates could become available next year as BT deploys FTTH further.

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