While the biggest news in terms of numbers is the announcement of G.fast trials in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire and Gillingham, Kent providing ultrafast broadband (up to 330 Mbps download speeds) to 25,000 premises there is more Fibre to the Premises too.
Business Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) with up to 1 Gbps speeds is to be trialled in two locations in Bradford, i.e. Kirkgate High Street and Listerhills Science Park.
"The UK is a leader when it comes to superfast broadband. Nine out of ten premises have access to fibre today and this will grow to 95 per cent by the end of next year – but I want to get high speeds to everyone, so we’re also developing solutions for the final five per cent of the country.
I’m determined to roll out ultrafast broadband, and G.fast technology is the best way to deliver that to the majority of the UK as quickly as possible. We also plan to roll out significantly more fibre-to-the-premises, and we’re trialling a range of options in Bradford to use that technology increasingly in future – wherever it makes sense.
A large number of new housing developments will also get fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure built for free under our latest plans, so that’s great news for developers and homeowners too."Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach
The press release goes over the usual numbers that our regular readers will know well, but the 10 million premises passed by an ultrafast option by 2020 ambition has been repeated though still with the caveat that the regulatory environment has to be favourable. The key messages are that G.fast has not vanished and the trials are getting larger and there is talk of more FTTP with the ultrafast delivery described as a mixture of G.fast and FTTP.
In terms of time scales the Gigabit FTTP trials have seen work already start with the first businesses due to go live in Spring and work in the new G.fast areas will start soon.
Moving forward we have asked about FoD2/Fibre Premium as we always do, but there are signs of a new Gigabit business-grade product aimed at the business community that will sit between the existing GEA-FTTC, GEA-FTTP products and the traditional Ethernet/leased line services.