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BT promises 500Mbps broadband for SMEs in the UK – in the next decade

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 BT has announced plans to change its broadband from superfast to ultrafast; the telecoms provider will deliver broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps to small businesses and homes in the UK. The bad news is that the plan could take up to a decade to complete.

BT plan to deliver this by deploying its ‘G.fast’, G.fast is an innovative technology that BT will pilot in two locations in the summer with broader deployments in 2016/17. The pilot schemes will take place in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Gosforth and Newcastle.

BT CEO, 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.”