BT has rolled out a trial of up to 1000M (theoretical max speed) Internet to Two thousand homes and businesses will be covered by the trial in the coming weeks. It is already delivering speeds of up to 330 megabits per second (Mbps): more than ten times the current UK average.
Gfast is exciting due to its use of existing copper wiring and potential to substantially increase speeds for businesses and residential users without the high infrastructure costs which generally accompanies major network upgrades. BT Openreach has now deployed Gfast to over 100,000 UK homes and businesses as part of a large-scale pilot in 20 locations. G.fast technology allows the delivery of Ultrafast speeds over existing copper lines of up to 330Mbps. It builds on the existing investment in fibre, meaning far higher internet speeds can be delivered more quickly and with minimal disruption to the existing network infrastructure.
Under the current plan BT intend to begin the commercial roll-out of G.fast during summer 2017 (here), which will follow the aforementioned pilot this summer, and they’ve pledged to make the new service available to 10 million homes and businesses by 2020, with “most of the UK” expected to be covered by 2025.
At first G.fast from Openreach will only offer speeds of up to 330Mbps (50Mbps upload), but this will eventually reach 500Mbps. The two new pilots (12,500 premises in each location) will be conducted in Cherry Hinton (Cambridgeshire) and Gillingham (Kent), which follow the current trials being conducted in parts of Swansea (Wales), Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) and Gosforth (Newcastle).
We should add that Openreach has also set a downstream prioritised rate 80Mbps for their G.fast service, which is also the top speed of their current VDSL based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology that can reach 24 million premises (over 80% UK coverage)