Broadband that is six-times quicker than current superfast services is to be trialled on Tyneside later this year.
BT yesterday set out plans to transform its broadband service from superfast to “ultrafast” and said it would be trialling its new G.fast service at homes and businesses in Gosforth, Newcastle, later this year.
The firm said G.fast would help it deliver ultrafast speeds of up to 500Mbps to most of the UK within a decade.
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said: ““BT is a world leader when it comes to fibre innovation and we are excited about the next stage in our story. We believe G.fast is the key to unlocking ultrafast speeds and we are prepared to upgrade large parts of our network should the pilots prove successful. That upgrade will depend however on there continuing to be a stable regulatory environment that supports investment.
“The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to broadband and we need to stay ahead as customer demands evolve. 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 in the quickest possible timeframe.”
The two pilots will start this summer in Gosforth and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Around 4,000 homes and businesses will be able to participate in the pilots which will explore what speeds can be delivered using G.fast at scale.