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BT has announced plans to conduct a third trial of 500Mb technology, as it paves the way for widespread ultra-fast broadband in the UK.

The telecoms giant has already committed to pilot schemes in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and Gosforth near Newcastle, but will undertake another trial in Swansea this summer, reports

BT’s Chief Network Architect Neil McRae unveiled the plans in a speech at the UK Network Operators Forum in Manchester.

Around 2,000 homes are expected to test next-generation connections in Swansea - a similar number to those taking part in the other two trials.

Mr McRae claimed that will initially provide "hundreds of megabits" to users, rising to speeds of 500Mb within ten years.

"We are aggressively pursuing further industry standards to improve the rate vs reach of and enable new kit to be developed," he stated.

Speaking in January, BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson said the firm is aiming to transform the UK broadband landscape "from super-fast to ultra-fast" in the quickest possible timeframe.

He claimed that BT is a world leader in fibre innovation and is "excited" about the next stage in its story.

"We believe is the key to unlocking ultra-fast speeds and we are prepared to upgrade large parts of our network should the pilots prove successful," Mr Patterson added.

" will allow us to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date."

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