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BT to reveal initial findings of G.fast trials at Broadband World Forum

Friday, September 4th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

BT will reveal the initial results of its trials of G.fast technology at next month’s Broadband World Forum in London.

In a presentation at the event, the company's Mike Galvin will unveil how G.fast technology – a combination of fibre and conventional copper wires – will help take the UK’s broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast.

BT recently announced that residents in Huntingdon had become the first people to be connected to its G.fast technology as part of the trials.

Further trials are set to take place in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Swansea, Wales, from this month.

The telecoms giant believes that G.fast will enable it to make speeds of a few hundred megabits per second available to millions of homes by 2020 and deliver up to 500Mbps to most of the UK within a decade as it is developed further.

BT said that if the trials prove successful Openreach aims to start deploying G.fast in 2016/17 alongside its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and FTTP services.

Mr Galvin, managing director of service, strategy and operations for BT's technology, service and operations division, is expected to reveal initial findings from BT’s G.fast trials in Huntingdon and Gosforth in a presentation at Broadband World Forum.

'A world of possibilities'

The forum, which is being held at London’s ExCel centre from 20-22 October, is described as the world’s largest telecoms, media and technology event and will also include a keynote from BT CEO Gavin Patterson.

Mr Galvin will give a presentation entitled Transforming the UK Broadband Landscape from Superfast to Ultrafast, in which he will explore the initial results from the trials, which cover around 4,000 premises in total.

He will explain how the results build on the findings of early testing at BT’s innovation centre at Adastral Park, Suffolk, and will explain how G.fast and other technologies have the potential to transform the UK’s broadband landscape over the next decade.

Mr Galvin said: “BT’s pioneering work on G.fast, along with our vendor partners, has helped to open up a world of possibilities for access networks, both in the UK and worldwide.

“We’re excited to share some of our findings with delegates at this year’s Broadband World Forum, and demonstrate how this technology will play a leading role in taking the UK’s broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast.”

Ben Agnew, from Broadband World Forum, said the event was likely to be the “most anticipated Broadband World Forum yet”, including thought-provoking speaker sessions and “revelatory demonstrations”.

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