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BT's quarterly newsletter for analysts, consultants and investors - Issue 43 - March 2017

One in ten million - The UK's first G.fast business is up and running

Kim MearsBy Kim Mears, Managing Director, Infrastructure Delivery, Openreach

Family-run business Temiz Book-Keeping Ltd in Gillingham, Kent has become the first business in the country to benefit from Openreach's expansion of ultrafast broadband. The accountancy firm is now using G.fast, a cutting-edge broadband technology that allows us to deliver ultrafast speeds over existing copper lines.

G.fast is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than 10 times the UK national average. At those speeds, a two-hour HD film can be downloaded in about 90 seconds, a nine-hour audio book in about three seconds. And, over time, it will evolve to offer even faster speeds.

And because it builds on our existing network, G.fast allows us to upgrade areas very quickly with minimal disruption and cost. We want to improve the personal and professional lives of people up and down the country, and delivering high-speed G.fast services at scale and pace means we can reach the largest number of people, in the fastest possible time, over the coming months and years.

Ultrafast ambition

Openreach is aiming to make G.fast available to more than 10 million UK homes by the end of 2020, as part of an overall ambition to reach 12 million premises with ultrafast speeds of more than 100Mbps in the same timeframe.

Gillingham was one of the first trial sites for G.fast, along with Huntingdon and Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire and Gosforth in Newcastle. Around 12,500 Kent households and businesses were able to take part in the trial which began in April last year.

There are now a total of 17 G.fast pilot areas being built around the country, meaning that thousands more homes and businesses will be able to connect to the service during 2017.

Reaping the benefits

Temiz Book-Keeping Ltd are already seeing the benefits of the ultrafast speeds that G.fast is providing and it's given them the confidence to invest in the future of the business by expanding their operation and offering new services to clients.

Boosting the economy

Making ultrafast speeds available to up to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020 will boost the UK's thriving digital economy. And because the new network is available on an open wholesale basis to all internet service providers, households and businesses will be able to benefit from competitive pricing and products.

People wanting to take advantage of the new ultrafast technology can find out more about which providers offer this service here.