BT connect first customer up to G.fast broadband
Monday March 20, 10:43 by Charlotte Whyatt
A Kent based accountancy firm have become the first BT customer to be successfully hooked up to the provider’s G.fast broadband technology.
Temiz Bookkeeping in the small town of Gillingham will now be able to receive speeds of up to 330Mbps, compared to the 76Mbps offered by BT’s premium Infinity service, which in the future could potentially go as high as 5Gbps.
BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach selected Gillingham, along with the London neighbourhoods of Upton Park and Balham, as the three main areas in which to trial G.fast technology.
Temiz’s owner Mehmet Uzum said that uploading large files to the internet on their old ADSL connection could take up to a couple of hours, but with this new G.fast service can be achieved in a matter of minutes.
“Having ultrafast speeds means we can download and upload data instantly – no matter how many different client accounts we are working on at the same time,” said Uzum. “It is a new and exciting time for us and having ultrafast broadband has given us the confidence to go ahead and invest in the future of the business.”
The UK’s other big telecommunication companies like BT, TalkTalk, Sky, Plusnet and EE who currently use the Openreach network are generally able to achieve maximum broadband speeds of around 80Mbps, whilst those who use Virgin Media’s own infrastructure can receive download speeds of up to 200Mbps.
At this stage, it’s not completely clear exactly what kind of plans these other providers have for G.fast broadband, but there's bound to be some kind of activity following BT's success.
Source: Digital Look
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