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Openreach is to conduct a technical trial of 220Mb fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, it has been announced.

The firm, the infrastructure division of BT, will run the technical trial from February 1st until February 28th 2013.

A pilot scheme will then operate between March 1st and May 31st next year.

Testing will be limited to a small number of exchange areas - Bradwell Abbey, Chester South, Exeter and York.

Once the technical trial is complete, the pilot will cover the whole of BT's FTTP network in the UK.

"During both the technical trial and pilot stages Openreach will not be charging for the product rental," the firm noted.

"Any other charges - for example connection, managed install, missed appointments - will continue to be charged as the published pricing for GEA-FTTP."

Openreach said the launch charges for 220Mb product variant are "currently being finalised" and will be released closer to the launch date.

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