Openreach has announced the next UK locations in line for the roll-out of the G.fast broadband technology, capable of 330Mbps download speeds.
BT’s internet infrastructure division says an additional 59 areas are set for the upgrade, joining the 1 million UK homes with access to the hybrid tech. The roll out adds another 370,000 G.fast capable homes.
G.fast uses the existing copper infrastructure combined with a fibre optic cable to street cabinets. An extension pod running from that cabinet then allows 48 new ports to be connected to G.fast.
This offers an alternative to the fibre-to-the-premises services that deliver fibre broadband directly into UK homes.
Currently BT and TalkTalk are the only internet service providers offering access to G.fast services in the UK, but that’s likely to change in the near future.
Maximum speeds are advertised at 330Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads, while a secondary tier operates at max speeds of 150Mbps downloads and 30Mbps uploads.
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The next G.fast locations are as follows: Aberdeen Denburn, Acocks Green, Altrincham, Aylesbury, Bedford, Birmingham Central, Bishops Stortford, Boscombe, Bowes Park, Bury St. Edmunds, Bury, Byfleet, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Cosham, Didsbury, Erdington, Gipsy Hill, Guildford, Hampton, Harlow, Harrogate, Headingley, Heywood, Kingston, Lancaster, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Llantrisant, Maidstone, Market Harborough, Mile End, Morley, Narborough, North Finchley, Paignton, Plymouth, Rugby, Shipley, Slough, South Kensington, Southampton, Southend Town, St Albans, Stockton Heath, Swadlincote, Tamworth, Taunton, Telford Wellington, Tunbridge Wells, Walthamstow, Weston Super Mare, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Woodhouse (Berkshire), Woodley, York.
Openreach MD for infrastructure delivery Kim Mears says: “Britons are using their home broadband connections more than ever – consuming more than double the amount of data than they did just three years ago. A mass of new apps and services which demand higher quality broadband connections are becoming parts of our daily lives in our homes and at work. That’s why we’re making this huge investment in upgrading the network, to make sure we stay a step ahead of that demand.”
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