BT advance in ultrafast broadband supported by EIT Digital

With EIT Digital's help, BT has an exciting broadband innovation adopted as an international standard.

BT CEO Gavin Patterson has set out the company's ambition to transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast.

He revealed that BT plans to deliver much faster broadband for homes and small businesses via a widespread deployment of "G.fast". This is an innovative technology that BT will test in two pilot locations starting this Summer.

G.fast will help BT deliver ultrafast speeds of up to 500Mbps to most of the UK within a decade. Deployment will start in 2016/17, subject to the pilots being successful.

As a UK member of EIT Digital, BT worked with other members as part of our Mobile Backhaul Innovation Activity to help advance the deployment of G.Fast. In particular, EIT Digital supported efforts to boost recognition of G.Fast by international standards organisations. This collaboration is helping to accelerate the deployment of G.Fast and bring the underlying innovations to a wider market.

"BT is a world leader when it comes to fibre innovation and we are excited about the next stage in our story," Patterson said today. "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."

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