Broadband providers are lining up to take part in the NGA2 trials that Openreach is getting ready, with providers receiving a briefing last Friday. NGA2 comprises of trials for G.Fast and a new and improved Fibre on Demand product. Three locations were announced for the trials, but the latest briefing was about the Huntingdon area and to inform providers that Openreach will be contacting people about the free trial in the next few weeks.
G.Fast in chipset manufacturer speak may offer Gigabit speeds, this is the combined download and upload capacity, the current product speed we believe that is under trial matches the fastest FTTP product Openreach sell at 330 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload. Fibre on Demand is undergoing a transformation with new processes in an attempt to reduce the costs to Openreach and fingers crossed lower pricing.
We know some people will be bored of trials and want the product available to order yesterday, but G.Fast is so new that the silicon is hot off the presses and data on real world performance and the cost analysed to see exactly where the product will fit in between FTTC and native FTTP.