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Ultrafast GFast broadband which can download two hour HD film in just 90 seconds launched in Glasgow and Edinburgh

DONE IN 90 SECONDS

The new service is being piloted in parts of Scotland’s two biggest cities as it is rolled out across the country

ULTRAFAST broadband which can download a two hour HD film in just 90 seconds has been launched in Glasgow and Edinburgh, The cities are among the first UK locations to pilot Gfast technology which offers download speeds up to 330Mbps – about seven times the UK average.

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GFast technology has been rolled out in some places in Glasgow and Edinburgh

People using Gfast can download a two hour HD film in just 90 seconds, a 45 minute HD TV show in 16 seconds and a nine hour audio book in three seconds. Andrew Hepburn, Openreach’s infrastructure delivery director in Scotland, said: “It’s great news that Glasgow and Edinburgh are playing a leading role in the development of this exciting new technology. “Gfast will help transform the broadband picture in the UK by ushering in a new era where ultrafast speeds are widely available.


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“The amount people are doing online and at the same time, from streaming high definition movies, TV, gaming and online shopping to using mobile devices over wireless broadband, is growing every year and this pace shows no sign of slowing.

We need to stay ahead in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers. “Gfast 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.”

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Andrew Hepburn added: “Pilot schemes, such as the ones in Glasgow and Edinburgh, are important for us to fully test the new network in a number of different situations before it reaches millions of homes and businesses across the UK. “The areas we’ve chosen are carefully selected based on a variety of factors, including engineering considerations and the need to test the technology for a range of communities. “We’d encourage anybody in one of the pilot areas to take part.

“You can check if you’re eligible with the Openreach fibre checker by entering your postcode or telephone number.” Anybody wanting more information or wishing to check if they can get Gfast should visit www.openreach.co.uk/ultrafast[2]

WHERE HAS ACCESS TO GFAST?

Glasgow

  • Bishopbriggs
  • Calton
  • Cambuslang
  • Giffnock
  • Thornliebank
  • Langside
  • Linn
  • Netherlee
  • Stamperland
  • Williamwood
  • Newlands
  • Auldburn
  • Rutherglen
  • Shettleston
  • Southside
  • Edinburgh

  • City Centre
  • Corstorphine
  • Murrayfield
  • Forth
  • Fountainbridge
  • Craiglockhart
  • Inverleith
  • Leith Walk
  • Morningside
  • Sighthill
  • Gorgie
  • Newington
  • Almond

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References

  1. ^ We reveal how you can avoid a GBP113 price hike on your broadband once your initial deal ends (bit.ly)
  2. ^ www.openreach.co.uk/ultrafast (www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk)
  3. ^ scottishsundigital@news.co.uk (www.thescottishsun.co.uk)

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