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BT to begin public trials of new ‘ultrafast’ broadband technology this summer

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UK Broadband provider BT has announced it plans to offer ‘ultrafast’ broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps all across the UK. The telecoms provider has revealed it will achieve ‘ultrafast’ broadband speeds by using G.fast technology.

Dubbed as “a supercharged fibre-to-the-cabinet” (FTTC) method of deploying broadband, the new G.fast technology involves leading fibre-optic cables from a telephone exchange to a street cabinet. The new technology is capable of delivering a range of speeds depending on the distance to a customer’s premises.

BT has announced that it will begin public trials of G.fast technology across around 4,000 UK homes and businesses. The trials are scheduled to take place this summer in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and Gosforth, Newcastle. Post successful trials, broader deployment of the ‘ultrafast’ technology can be expected to begin in 2016/17.

“BT is a world leader when it comes to fibre innovation and we are excited about the next stage in our story. We believe G.fast is the key to unlocking ultrafast speeds and we are prepared to upgrade large parts of our network should the pilots prove successful. That upgrade will depend however on there continuing to be a stable regulatory environment that supports investment,” BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said.

“The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to broadband and we need to stay ahead as customer demands evolve. G.fast will allow us to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date. It will transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast in the quickest possible timeframe.”

Furthermore, the UK broadband provider is also planning to roll out a premium fiber broadband network which will offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. However, the company has not yet announced any timeline for the roll-out of that project.