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.
BT is offering prepaid Reward cards and M&S vouchers as freebies with some discounted broadband packages. Among the bundles including the free bonuses is the BT Unlimited Broadband & Calls deal. This offers broadband speeds of up to 17Mbps and unlimited downloads, along with a free BT Reward card worth ?60 and an M&S prepaid card worth ?40.
The 12-month contract costs ?26.99 a month (plus a ?9.99 set-up cost), which means subscribers will enjoy a discount worth ?36 on their broadband across the whole year. Another option for households in the market for a new broadband deal could be the BT Infinity Fibre Unlimited Broadband & Calls package. This offers broadband speeds of up to 52Mbps and unlimited downloads, an M&S prepaid card worth ?40 and a free BT Reward card prepaid with a sum of ?120.
The 12-month contract costs ?31.99 per month, along with a set-up cost of ?34.99. This adds up to an overall discount over the year of ?96. Alternatively, the BT Infinity Fibre Unlimited Broadband, Calls & Starter + BT Sport package might be a popular choice.
This also offers broadband speeds of up to 52Mbps, unlimited downloads and a free ?120 prepaid BT Reward card and ?40 prepaid M&S card. However, subscribers can also add a BT Sport pack for ?3.50 a month and enjoy up to 100 Freeview channels, including 21 in HD. This 12-month contract costs ?35.49 per month, plus a ?69.99 setup cost.
A BT prepaid Reward card simply needs to be activated before being spent at any retailer that shows a MasterCard logo.
BT states that since the card uses Chip and PIN, it is a more secure alternative to spending physical cash.