BT announces Gigabit fibre broadband trial

Darren Allan

December 3, 2010

BT has announced that it will include up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of its deployment of super-fast broadband, but something truly lightning fast is going to be trialled in Kesgrave, Suffolk.

Namely, 1Gbps fibre-to-the-premise, a chunky pipe to rival some of the fastest in the world, with 1Gb/s download speeds, and a whacking 400Mb/s upload. If you’re drooling at this point, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

The Gigabit fibre trial will begin early next year. The 40 market towns in question, which haven’t yet been named (BT will unveil the list of exchanges in January), will see the current super-fast 110Mbps fibre service deployed from late 2011 to early 2012.

All this is part of BT’s program to roll out fibre to two-thirds of the UK before 2015, helping to meet the government’s broadband targets.

Olivia Garfield, Director of Strategy at BT, commented: “We intend to continually push the limits of our super-fast broadband programme in terms of the technology and the geography. While everyday consumers don’t require Gigabit speeds today, it’s important that we test the maximum speed capabilities of our fibre broadband product to ensure that it is fully future proofed.”

“Furthermore, by evolving our deployment model for fibre we have been able to push the geographical boundaries of super-fast broadband. It allows us to build a commercial case for rolling out fibre to selected towns in rural areas to satisfy the growing appetite for faster broadband speeds.”


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