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BT looks set to begin trials of its G.Fast broadband, with reports suggesting it could help to provide premises with connectivity of up to 500Mbps.

Residential properties in Huntingdon and Gosport will be the first to test the new technology, with a smaller trial also taking place in Swansea.

According to ISPreview, the technology is largely in line with the Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) systems responsible for boosting speeds over the last few years, but offers a wide frequency band that allows the processing of more data at faster rates.

While there are hopes that the new technology can help to achieve top speeds of 500Mbps, connections could in reality be capped at 300Mbps.

Currently, the top speed of FTTC systems tends to hover around 80Mbps, meaning this latest advance would be a major boost.

However, if the trials are successful, there could be a more extensive rollout of the technology from 2016 as part of wider plans from Openreach.

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