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BT's infrastructure subsidiary Openreach has hailed the opportunities presented by G.fast technology.

According to Chief Executive Clive Selley, the technology means it can deploy an affordable ultrafast service "to as many people as possible in the fastest possible time".

G.fast is currently being trialled in various parts of the country and will be available to 138,000 homes and businesses by the end of March 2017.

Swindon is among the locations where pilots of the technology are taking place and local officials are delighted at the opportunity this presents, the Swindon Advertiser reports.

David Renard, leader of Swindon Borough Council, commented: "Having fast, reliable broadband connectivity is critical for the way our businesses and residents work, communicate, shop and learn.

"Swindon’s ambition is to provide access for all businesses and residents to the highest speeds possible and we can now look forward to many more premises in Swindon being able to access broadband through this exciting G.fast technology.”

Mr Selley of Openreach added that the UK has already established itself as a leading nation when it comes to superfast broadband.

Indeed, he said more than nine out of ten homes and businesses already have access to superfast speeds, with another 20,000 more premises being connected each week.

"We’re working hard to reach the rest, as well as starting to roll out ultrafast speeds," Mr Selley stated.

“I’m pleased that Swindon will be one of the first locations to get ultrafast speeds using G.fast technology."

 G.fast technology has been designed to achieve faster broadband speeds over the existing copper network.

This approach has proved controversial to those who are critical of BT for persisting with copper-based broadband systems.

For instance, Vodafone recently commissioned a study that found that under BT's current plans, the technology will increase ultrafast coverage for households by less than five per cent.

The research by Point Topic also revealed that just 6.5 per cent of households can expect to receive gigabit-capable fibre-optic cables by 2020 unless action is taken.

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