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UK government names first areas to trial 1Gbps FTTP broadband: Do you live in one?

12-09-2017 00:00:00

UK Government names first areas to trial 1Gbps FTTP broadband: Do you live in one?

The Government has named the first six area to take part in trials of full-fibre broadband, which can reach speeds of 1,000 Mbps fast enough to download films in seconds.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester will all benefit from the test projects that will test "ground-breaking ways" of connecting offices and public-sector buildings with full-fibre networks to the premises.

The trials will cost 10m and will be the first part of 200m programme to stimulate the growth of the UK’s full-fibre broadband.

This kind of broadband is currently available to only 2% of UK premises, is delivered on fibre cables directly to the door. This makes it much faster and reliable than fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband, in which slower copper cables take over from a StreetSide cabinet to deliver broadband to promises.


"We want to see more commercial investment in the gold standard connectivity that full fibre provides, and these innovative pilots will help create the right environment for this to happen," said Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock.


"To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology now and in the future."



The announcement follows on from the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which was originally announced in November 2016, and then, announced again in July 2017.