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Openreach is to withdraw its Long Reach VDSL (LR-VDSL) broadband technology from three trial areas.

The infrastructure provider had been testing the technology in three locations since May 2016 - North Tolsta and Barvas in the Outer Hebrides and Isfield in East Sussex.

Long Reach VDSL was designed to operate at higher power levels and utilised additional frequencies in order to increase broadband speeds and the distance over which they can be delivered. 

Openreach therefore considered it a potential way to boost broadband speeds "significantly" over long copper lines, such as those that are often found in remote parts of the UK.

Speaking to, Openreach said that at the time, it saw "significant increases" in Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband speeds and also viewed LR-VDSL as a "potential solution in helping the UK government to deliver its universal service obligation (USO) for nationwide broadband with a minimum speed of 10Mbps".

However, a spokesperson stated that following a consultation with many of its communication provider (CP) customers, LR-VDSL is now no longer viewed as the preferred technology to deliver the USO.

"We notified affected CPs in mid-January and lines will revert back to standard FTTC in mid-April 2018," the representative said.

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