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Ever-increasing competition among broadband providers could lead to customers benefitting from speeds in excess of 1Gb by the end of next year, modem manufacturer Sckipio has predicted.

It explained that pressure from rival cable platforms could lead to telecoms operators such as BT - which is already pushing the boundaries of broadband speeds - to begin rolling out truly next gen services.

According to Sckipio, G.fast FTTC2 / ITU G.9700 broadband technology could deliver speeds of up to 1000Mb over certain hybrid fibre optic lines far sooner than expected.

At the moment, BT’s FTTC offering delivers speeds of up to 80Mb using the 17MHz radio frequency spectrum, but the G.fast technology works over shorter distances between the cabinet and the premises, enabling ultrafast speeds over cable lengths of less than 100m by utilising services such as BT's new FTTRN offering.

Despite Sckipio's predictions, BT's current to-do list is likely to limit the rollout of G.fast services until 2017, though the speeds highlighted by the modem maker remain a realistic possibility

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