Openreach trials broadband boosting technology in Scotland
Openreach is to pilot its Long Reach VDSL technology in some remote parts of Scotland. Long Reach VDSL has been designed to increase broadband speeds over long phone lines, using higher power levels and wider frequency ranges to boost speeds and the distance they can be delivered over. As a result, it could be an option for communities in remote areas that often struggle with poor connectivity, as broadband speeds typically slow down over long distances.
Openreach has already carried out successful trials in the Isle of Lewis1, and is now extending the pilot to areas including Argyll and the Hebrides. Kim Mears, Managing Director of Openreach, commented: “Long Reach VDSL can potentially improve speeds for thousands of homes and businesses across Scotland and the rest of the UK – particularly those connected by long lines.
“Getting faster speeds to rural communities is one of our biggest priorities.”
Ms Mears added that Long Reach VDSL is “a great piece of British engineering”, but not something Openreach can implement alone. This, she said, is why it is working with some of its service provider customers on the pilots, as this will help determine if the technology works with their home routers and TV boxes.