I just wanted to understand what one could expect as the future evolution for Broadband in my area. I am sure there are plenty of others in the same boat.
1) Semi-Rural area - inside M25 but only got FTTC thanks to a BDUK (Kent) project (8 years after ADSL2)
2) Approximately 600-800m from the cabinet - getting a steady 39MB down and 8MB up
3) No FTTP
Now, I am happy with the current situation, especially having endured ADSL at 6MB, but I can already see that 39MB down is going to be sufficient for the next 2-3 years, but with UHD streaming, kids growing up, it will start to be restrictive.
So, the question is, what is the future?
I read about G.Fast, which appears to be the next step, but what incentive is there for BT to install? They aren't going to simply upgrade my speeds, so this would suggest that in order to receive G.Fast speeds, you are going to have to pay more. I am sure I would be happy to pay, if the cost is not excessive, but I presume that they will only install G.Fast if there is sufficient local interest. How will the roll out occur? Towns first, then country? Will there be a second round of BDUK projects in order to fund the expansion? How long will it take?
I am not ungrateful for my current setup, as I know I am luckier than a lot of people. I have also seen big improvements in mobile reception locally, including 4G signals, but I am just curious to know when the next upgrade will be available.