330Mb broadband to arrive in St Austell

BT Openreach has revealed the next town to receive a rollout of its 330Mb broadband: St Austell, on the south coast of Cornwall.

The ultrafast technology, G.fast, has been trialled in a few areas now, and it's ready to get connected to real life homes and businesses as part of a new pilot scheme.

G.fast broadband is available in two packages: up to 330Mb download speed with up to 50Mb uploads, or up to 160Mb download speed with up to 30Mb uploads.

For comparison, regular ADSL broadband from Openreach is offered in speeds up to 17Mb, and a basic fibre package has speeds up to 38Mb.

Local residents are very pleased with the announcement. Julian German, cabinet member of Cornwall Council, said: "This is more great news… High-speed broadband is making a major contribution to the success and prosperity of Cornwall - and all this is just the start of a very exciting journey, which is transforming the opportunities for households and businesses across Cornwall."

Cornwall has seen a lot of luck with speedy broadband in recent years. The Superfast Cornwall scheme was one of the most successful local initiatives of its kind, and 90% of the Cornish population can now get broadband at speeds over 24Mb.

Thousands of St Austell premises will have access to G.fast some time in 2017 - Openreach says it'll give more details about exact locations soon - and 10 million premises across the country will hopefully have access by the end of 2020.

Source: Business Cornwall

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