PEOPLE OF HUNTINGDON, CAMBS, PREPARE YOUR ROUTERS. BT Openreach is testing a system in your area that will hopefully deliver speeds of up to 330Mbps to homes and businesses.
This is a trial, which means it will be fairly limited, or unfairly depending on which side of the trial you end up on. Industry mother figure and outsider BT Openreach said that this is a new ultrafast broadband technology called G.fast.
We do not need to look far for an excited statement about the trial. Joe Garner, CEO at Openreach, has a doozy for us.
"This is the largest trial of G.fast technology in the world and it builds on the pioneering research of BT's world-class R&D teams," he said.
"The people of Huntingdon will play an extremely important role in helping us gauge how the technology performs, and how we might deliver ultrafast speeds to more of the UK over the coming years."
BT Openreach, which a lot of people would like to see renamed as ‘Openreach', is limiting the trial to 2,000 homes and businesses in this instance, but expects to see the same offering delivered by other providers in the industry - because it is good like that.
"The trial, which is being delivered by Openreach, is open to all communications providers on equal terms. That means people will have a choice of service provider and any technological developments will benefit the wider industry," the firm said.
Openreach, which the Labour party would like to see separated from BT, has support from the party in power, and culture secretary John Whittingdale applauded the trials from the sidelines.
"The UK already leads Europe when it comes to superfast broadband coverage and speeds, with around 40,000 more homes and businesses getting access every week thanks to the government rollout," he said.
"We want to stay ahead of the competition so it's good to see this continued investment and innovation in the industry. BT is harnessing its world-class technology and engineering expertise to help the UK lead the way on ultrafast broadband and remain a world leading digital economy."
The trial could last for as long as nine months. BT Openreach said that the speeds on offer will let people get bacchanalian on their internet consumption and stream 4K videos, while playing games, browsing the web and uploading photos. µ
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