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Openreach is trialling fibre technology to support its efforts to get ultrafast broadband to homes and businesses across the UK.

BT's local access business has just announced that two trials of Business Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) will take place in Bradford. These will give firms in Kirkgate High Street and Listerhills Science Park access to ultrafast speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Meanwhile, trials of ultrafast technology are to take place at Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire and Gillingham in Kent, which will enable 25,000 homes and businesses in these areas to access download speeds of up to 330Mbps.

Furthermore, Openreach has pledged to build FTTP infrastructure into new housing developments with more than 250 premises at no cost.

Clive Selley, Openreach's Chief Executive, commented: "I’m determined to roll out ultrafast broadband, and technology is the best way to deliver that to the majority of the UK as quickly as possible. 

"We also plan to roll out significantly more fibre-to-the-premises, and we’re trialling a range of options in Bradford to use that technology increasingly in future - wherever it makes sense."

Mr Selley also said the news that FTTP infrastructure will be built for free in a large number of new housing developments is "great news" for both developers and homeowners.

He went on to state that the UK is a leader when it comes to superfast broadband. Indeed, he said nine out of ten premises currently have access to fibre, while the proportion is expected to reach 95 per cent by the end of 2017.

However, Mr Selly said he wants to ensure everyone is able to get high speeds, which is why Openreach is developing solutions for the remaining five per cent of the country.

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