Openreach confirms pausing of G.fast rollout until 2021

25 Jun 2020

Openreach, the network unit of BT, has confirmed that there are no plans to extend G.fast coverage until April 2021, according to ISPreview, which cites comments from a company spokesperson. This development follows reports in September 2019 that revealed the company had informed ISPs it would not provide any further guidance on rollout plans for the copper-based broadband technology, as it focused its attention on the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).

Now, clarifying the short-term plans for G.fast, an Openreach spokesperson was cited as saying: ‘We recently announced that we’ll be building Full Fibre broadband technology to 20 million homes by the mid-to-late 2020s, so that’s our priority. We do still expect to use G.fast in some circumstances, but we don’t expect to be building G.fast to more premises this year.’ A further statement noted that, with the technology currently available to around 2.8 million premises across the country, anyone who has already placed an order for a G.fast-based service will receive this, and those within the existing coverage area can continue to sign up for such connectivity.

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