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BT's trial of 80Mb fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband is set to move to the registered pilot phase.

The official status of the project will change on February 6th 2012, the broadband provider has announced, when the scheme becomes open to registered trialists of the GEA-FTTC 80/20 product variant. explained that the move is part of BT's ongoing plan to increase FTTC broadband speeds from up to 40Mb to up to 80Mb.

Announced in May 2011, this development will also see homes and businesses gain access to faster upload speeds.

FTTC broadband uses fibre to create a faster link between street cabinets and the local telephone exchange.

Copper wire is then used to connect homes and businesses to the nearest street cabinet.

BT's fastest broadband solution - 100Mb fibre-to-the-premises broadband - removes copper from the connection altogether by installing a fibre-optic link between homes and the street cabinet.

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