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G.fast pilots to continue UK-wide


Openreach plans to bring ultrafast speeds within reach of ten million homes by 2020.

An early rollout of ultrafast broadband has arrived in East London.

Upton Park (area of the East London borough) is one of 17 pilot areas that will receive G.fast, following early pilots in Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and South Wales.

Thousands of premises in Upton Park will gain access to G.fast technology this year, offering download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than ten times the UK national average. Services are delivered over existing copper lines, ensuring minimum disruption. G.fast works by attaching a pod to the side of the existing copper cabinet to ultracharge our network.

MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, says he welcomes the arrival of “exciting G.fast technology” to Upton Park. Clive Selley (chief executive of Openreach) says that G.fast is a technology that enables us to get an affordable ultrafast service to as many people as possible in the fastest possible time.”

Openreach plans to reach around 140,000 homes and businesses with G.fast by the end of 2017, and ten million homes by the end of 2020.