Gosforth homes and businesses being offered ‘ultrafast’ broadband
Hundreds of businesses and homes in Newcastle1 are being promised some of the UK’s fastest broadband speeds after BT’s Openreach began a trial for its new ultrafast broadband network. Around 5,800 households and businesses in places like Fawdon, Gosforth2 and Kenton will be able to access BT’s new G.fast. The new technology provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than 10 times the UK average.
People living in the pilot areas who want to try the service are being advised to contact their internet service provider. Mike Reynolds, Openreach spokesperson for the North East, said: “A huge amount of effort and substantial investment has already taken place in the development of this exciting new technology3 .
“This includes one of the original trials of the technology which took place here in Gosforth and enabled us to make a number of important improvements to the technology and methods of deployment.
“I’m delighted to announce that we can now start connecting people in Newcastle and at the 19 other locations around the country.
“These pilot schemes are hugely important to us and to the local households and businesses, which will be able to benefit from G.fast.
“Whether you are somebody aiming to work more efficiently or grow your business, or a household going online for shopping, entertainment or studies, fast access to the internet has never been more important.
“We know the technology works and can be a major benefit for customers, but these pilots will now help us test and improve all the
factors involved in rolling out G.fast on a national scale.”
Newcastle was announced as a pilot location for G.fast in October 2016, as part of Openreach’s ambition to make ultrafast broadband available to 12m UK homes by the end of 2020. Engineers have spent recent months upgrading the network in a number of parts of the city to prepare for the pilot.
Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director for infrastructure delivery, added: “The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to superfast broadband but technology never stands still – that’s why we’re building on our existing fibre network and leading the way in deploying ultrafast speeds.
“We need to stay ahead in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers.
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, and it will reach the largest number of people in the quickest possible time.”