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Internet service provider (ISP) Plusnet has commenced the commercial beta trial of its new 40Mb fibre broadband services.

The firm said it had now closed the first stage of its pilot scheme, which saw 600 volunteer households hooked up to fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband, and is now looking to test its delivery processes.

Plusnet explained that its Fibre Beta Trial will be available on its Value, Extra and Pro broadband deals, plus all Business ADSL products.

Consumers seeking a download speeds boost to 40Mb as part of the trial will be required to pay an additional £12 on top of their current subscription costs.

"Every customer that is currently on FTTC or has already applied to get FTTC and it is available to them will be able to stay on their current product at the existing price for as long as they like," the ISP added.

"Should they wish to change, then they can do to any of the products we have on sale, but from April they would only be able to change to a Plusnet Fibre product."

Plusnet said it is "very pleased" at the overall performance of FTTC broadband so far, and has made a few internal changes to support the progress of the project.

Households seeking a standard Plusnet broadband and home phone package can receive three months free providing they subscribe by Thursday February 3rd.

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