Openreach has expressed excitement about its trials of ultrafast broadband technology G.fast. The pilot areas will benefit from download speeds of up to 330Mbps, which means households will be able to download 45-minute TV programmes in HD quality in just 16 seconds, while a two-hour HD film can be downloaded in 90 seconds. Glasgow is among the areas to take part in the pilot and engineers are continuing to install more G.fast connections across the city, the Daily Record reports.
David Nixon, Senior Fibre Delivery manager in Scotland, commented: “My team are excited to be part of this work in Glasgow to pilot the latest technology.
“Developing the technology of the future is a key part of Openreach’s work.”
Mr Nixon said around nine in ten homes and businesses in Glasgow already have access to superfast speeds over the Openreach network, with about 580 service providers. However, he stated that faster speeds are “more important than ever”.
“We’re sure our new ultrafast network will play an important part in the future success of Glasgow,” Mr Nixon said. Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, added that the arrival of ultrafast broadband will enable local and firms to “do more online more quickly and on multiple devices”.
Furthermore, she said there is lots of evidence to show that it boosts the local economy.
“I want Glasgow to be the leading digital city in Scotland and this investment from Openreach will support that,” Cllr Aitken stated.
Civil engineering company John Henry Group has hailed the growing deployment of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband. According to Mark Heraghty, Non-Executive Chairman of the firm, FTTP is the best “future-proof” broadband option for the UK. Speaking to ISPreview.co.uk, he pointed out that 96 per cent of of the UK is already receiving superfast hybrid fibre/copper (or similar) networks.
However, Mr Heraghty said these networks do still have limitations, particularly if a household wants to enjoy access to high-definition streaming.
“As the devices that provide these services also become more affordable, this will increase the strain on the final third of the copper network (into the home/premises),” he commented. Mr Heraghty added that demand for bandwidth will keep growing as people’s appetite for smart electronics, thermostats, fridges and products such as the Amazon Echo is increasing. This, he said, is pushing up the demand for bandwidth in residential areas, hence the growing need for FTTP.
“People’s homes are becoming more intelligent,” Mr Heraghty observed.