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BT is to trial its new Fibre-to-the-Remote-Node (FTTRN) technology - which acts as a mid-point between FTTC and FTTP ultrafast broadband - in North Yorkshire later this year.

It will be rolled out as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire project, which aims to bring fibre broadband to at least 90 per cent of the county’s homes and businesses by the end of 2014.

After last week revealing it had received extra funding to help reach its coverage target for BT's (FTTC/P) network, North Yorkshire is set to become the first UK county to trial the operator's FTTRN technology.

Similar to the Fibre-To-The-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) technology that telecoms regulator Ofcom has previously encouraged BT to trial, FTTRN uses small cabinets that can be attached to telegraph poles to shorten the run of cable between homes and the remote node, subsequently improving speeds.

Though not as fast as fibre-to-the-premises connections, it would still be an improvement on fibre-to-the-cabinet speeds, which are restricted by the location of the larger cabinet.

BT is trialling the technology's ability to deliver speeds of above 25Mb to 5,000 premises in the market town of Leyburn, after which a decision will be made whether to roll it out on a wider regional or national scale.

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