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Openreach has confirmed that its trials of G.fast broadband technology are to be expanded to 26 additional locations.

This means that one million premises will be connected to the new system, which offers broadband speeds of up to 330Mbps over the existing copper network, by the end of this year, ISPreview.co.uk reports.

Openreach's long-term goal is to make ultrafast speeds available to up to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020.  

Peter Bell, Director for Network Solutions at Openreach, commented: "G.fast is the key to unlocking ultrafast speeds for millions of people across the UK in the next few years. 

"BT has a long history of pushing the boundaries in telecommunications, from way back in the earliest days of the electric telegraph, right through to today’s global fibre networks. We’re a world leader in fibre innovation and this is the next stage in our story."

Bell went on to state that UK is ahead of its major neighbours in Europe when it comes to broadband, while Openreach is doing all it can to predict and meet people's changing demands.

He added that the development of G.fast technology is "a key part of moving the UK from superfast to ultrafast broadband speeds as quickly and efficiently as possible".

Source: ISPreview.co.uk

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