BT has plans to increase the speed of its broadband in the UK to speed of up to 500Mbps, and the company will launch a pilot program for the faster broadband in the UK this summer.
BT will be using a new technology called G-fast, and they are expecting to start rolling out the faster broadband to customers in 2016 and 2017.
“BT is a world leader when it comes to fibre innovation and we are excited about the next stage in our story,” Patterson said today. “We believe G.fast is the key to unlocking ultrafast speeds and we are prepared to upgrade large parts of our network should the pilots prove successful. That upgrade will depend however on there continuing to be a stable regulatory environment that supports investment.
“The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to broadband and we need to stay ahead as customer demands evolve. G.fast will allow us to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date. It will transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast in the quickest possible timeframe.”
The two pilot programs will take place this summer in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and Gosforth, Newcastle, and about 4,000 homes and businesses will have access to the new faster broadband.