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A trial of BT's Fibre-to-the-Remote-Node (FTTrN) technology is to take place this autumn as part of the Superfast North Yorkshire project, it has been reported.

According to ISPreview.co.uk, the technology - which has the potential to increase broadband speeds and deliver greater reliability - will be tested at around 20 premises in Richmondshire.

A spokesperson for Superfast North Yorkshire said it will be ready to accept customer orders in late 2014.

FTTrN trials will be taking place in a number of other UK locations, including Shoreditch in London and Bedford.

The technology works in a similar way to fibre-to-the-cabinet connections, expect fibre runs beyond the local street cabinet to remote nodes positioned on telegraph poles, inside manhole covers or at other locations close to the end-user.

ISPreview.co.uk says the nodes will act like tiny street cabinets, which distribute broadband to nearby homes and businesses via a copper connection.

Shorter runs of copper will be needed from each property, meaning faster broadband speeds can potentially be achieved.

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