BT Futurises Huntingdon as G.fast Broadband Becomes a Thing

By Gary Cutlack on at

The first customers to try BT's latest broadband technology are currently enjoying speedtesting their connections in Huntingdon, where the first G.fast lines are now delivering fibre-like speeds through copper lines to a small community of testers.

The G.fast technology will be open to around 2,000 homes and businesses in the town, with BT promising speeds of "up to" 330 megabits through the adapted system -- plus it's open to its competitors to sell through too, should any networks fancy taking on such a small potential subscriber base.

If it works well enough, BT wants to add it to its product portfolio in 2016 or 2017, meaning fibre speeds should be open to a wider audience -- and it's less of a pain for engineers to get up and running. The ambition is to ramp up the speeds too, hoping that one day it might deliver 500Mbps lines across the country within a decade.

Openreach boss Joe Garner said: "Today is the start of a new chapter in building Britain’s connected future. This is the largest trial of G.fast technology in the world and it builds on the pioneering research of BT’s world-class R&D teams. We conducted the world’s first G.fast trial in 2013, and our experts have been heavily involved in creating global industry standards for this technology. We're now eager to support all our service providers in learning how customers enjoy the service. [BT]