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BT Openreach is inviting broadband providers to participate in its first trial of 'premium' ultra-fast fibre services.

The infrastructure specialist is working towards the launch of 330Mb fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, which would treble to maximum broadband speeds currently offered by BT.

Currently, BT's FTTP customers are able to download at up to 110Mb, but BT believes its fibre network has the potential to reach speeds of up to 1Gb.

Relatively few businesses and households are able to use FTTP broadband as yet, with the majority of BT's super-fast broadband customers reliant upon fibre-to-the-cabinet connections.

As reported by ISPreview.co.uk, BT Openreach is to run a two-phase trial consisting of technical validation and then a collaborative pilot.

This will be limited to a maximum of 150 orders across all participating broadband providers.

BT Openreach has selected a limited number of telephone exchanges, through which premium fibre services will be trialled.

These are Bradwell Abbey, Highams Park, Ilford Central, Leytonstone, Wembley and York.

The broadband provider collaborative pilot is scheduled to run between May 21st and June 9th.

Assuming the trial is successful, BT Openreach hopes to launch up to 330Mb fibre broadband services on June 11th.

However, ISPreview.co.uk suggested that the broadband provider may not offer headline speeds to end-users until around a month later.

BT is currently investing around £2.5 billion upgrading its national telecoms infrastructure to support fibre broadband services.

The firm is looking to increase fibre broadband coverage, while also innovating on broadband speeds at the head of the market.

BT hopes to deliver super-fast broadband to two-thirds of UK premises by 2014, while continuing to stay ahead of its rivals by developing faster broadband technologies based around FTTP. 

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