BT is to trial “ultrafast” broadband technology in the summer. If all goes well, the rollout of the service could begin as soon as 2016/17. More than 4,000 homes and businesses in two pilot locations will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 500Mb during the trial.
BT will be using its new "G.fast" technology to "transform theUK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast." The two trialsare to begin at Gosforth in Newcastle and Huntingdon inCambridgeshire later this year, using existing fibreconnections.
If they're successful, the provider will aim to deliver the newservice to millions of homes across the country by 2020. BT'srecent tests at its own innovation centre in Suffolk have shownG.fast can offer significant speed increases while being extremelyeasy to deploy.
The new technology could eventually power a 'premium broadbandservice' for customers that require speeds up to 1Gb. BT is hopingG.fast will help to put the UK alongside world leaders in broadbandcoverage such as South Korea and Japan.
BT CEO, Gavin Patterson said: "The UK is ahead of its majorEuropean neighbours when it comes to broadband and we need to stayahead as customer demands evolve. G.fast will allow us to do thatby building on the investment we have made in fibre to date. Itwill transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast toultrafast in the quickest possible timeframe."
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