BT Openreach kicks off G.fast pilot deployment for 138,000 premises

9 Jan 2017

UK incumbent BT’s wholesale arm Openreach today officially began the deployment phase for its latest pilot of 330Mbps-capable G.fast copper line broadband access services, which it plans to roll out to 138,000 homes and businesses in 17 locations by March 2017, ahead of a full-scale commercial deployment later in the year, ISPreview reports. Using its new street cabinet ‘side pods’ to house G.fast technology, BT aims to deliver the 330Mbps-capable services over copper lines to ten million premises by the end of 2020. Users signing up to the Q1 2017 pilot will get a dedicated G.fast modem (either supplied by Openreach or the user’s ISP) – initially the Huawei MT992 – which must be connected to an additional router by a visiting engineer. A spokesperson for Openreach told ISPreview: ‘We’re very excited to be launching the extended pilot, having pioneered G.fast technology in our labs and conducted the world’s largest technical trials. The pilot will allow us to test the performance of G.fast, as well as our related processes and systems, at a much larger scale and in a real network environment. We expect the pilot to continue into summer 2017.’

G.fast pilot locations (January-March 2017 deployment):

• Bolton, Greater Manchester

• Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire

• Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

• Derby, Derbyshire

• Donaldson, South East Scotland

• Gillingham, Kent

• Langside, Glasgow

• Donaldson, Edinburgh

• Gosforth, Tyne & Wear

• Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

• Luton, Bedfordshire

• Rusholme, Manchester

• St. Austell, Cornwall

• Swansea, Wales

• Swindon, Wiltshire

• Sheffield

• Balham / Upton Park, London.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), Openreach