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BT has announced that a targeted network-based trial of its Long Reach VDSL (FTTC) broadband technology is to take place.

While details of the dates and locations are yet to be confirmed, BT has said it is very excited about the potential of this new technology.

Indeed, a spokesperson for Openreach said Long Reach VDSL operates at higher power levels and utilises additional frequencies in order to increase broadband speeds and the distance over which they can be delivered. 

This means it has the potential to boost broadband speeds "significantly" over long copper lines, such as those that are often found in remote parts of the UK.

"Long-reach VDSL could potentially double the length of copper line over which 10Mbps broadband speeds are available; it could be key to delivering a 10Mbps universal service," the spokesperson said.

However, Openreach acknowledged rolling out the technology will present certain challenges. 

For instance, it said the innovations involved will require talks with the regulator and the wider industry on coexistence with legacy products, as potential interference issues will need to be managed.

"Nevertheless, to be clear, the laboratory work proves that we can deliver technology to increase speeds significantly for many customers on very long copper lines," the spokesperson added.

Source: ISPreview

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