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BT sets out its ultrafast broadband vision

Fibre

‘G.fast’ to deliver speeds of up to 500Mbps to most homes , premium fibre services of up to 1Gbps to be developed

BT revealed at its quarterly results at the end of January that it plans to deliver much faster broadband for homes and small businesses via a widespread deployment of ‘G.fast’. This is an innovative technology that BT will test in two pilot locations starting this summer (2015).

G.fast will help BT deliver ultrafast speeds of up to 500Mbps to most of the UK within a decade. Deployment will start in 2016/17, subject to the pilots being successful.

BT expects to offer initial speeds of a few hundred megabits per second to millions of homes and businesses by 2020. Speeds will then increase to around 500Mbps as further industry standards are secured and new kit is developed.

The UK is already ahead of Germany, France, Italy and Spain when it comes to superfast broadband coverage and take-up, and BT plans to ensure that the UK stays ahead. G.fast will allow BT to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date.

The two pilots will start this summer in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and Gosforth, Newcastle. Around 4,000 homes and businesses will be able to participate in the pilots which will explore what speeds can be delivered using G.fast at scale.

BT is currently expanding the reach of its fibre network by working with the public sector across the UK. Its network already passes almost 22 million premises, around three quarters of the UK, and is open to all communications providers on an equal basis. Its expansion will help the UK to boast 95 per cent coverage for fibre broadband within the next few years.



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