BT Will Pipe 1,000Mbps Broadband Into Homes by 2016

By Gerald Lynch on at

100Mbps broadband? HA! BT laughs at your puny connection. The telecoms giant has confirmed that it will be rolling out its 1,000Mbps "G-Fast" broadband service between 2016 and 2017, a massive leap from its current top speeds of around 80Mbps.

Admittedly, 1,000Mbps is the superlative speeds that the new service can achieve. Altering the current FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) technology that brings the web from the green boxes on your street, down copper wiring and into your home, G-Fast uses a different set of transmission frequencies that make the high speeds possible. However, travelling only shorter distances from roadside cabinets, it'll mean BT will likely have to lay more cabling, with most users getting average speeds of 500Mbps instead.

Still, that's not to be sniffed at by any means. Two pilot trials will take place this Summer in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and Gosforth, Newcastle, letting 4,000 homes and businesses take the speedy internet for a spin.The complete roll-out should be finished by 2020, so start bookmarking those Pirate Bay proxies now. [BT]