A new trial of hybrid fibre G.fast broadband technology is to be rolled out by TalkTalk Business for its commercial customers, the company has announced.
The trial will begin later this month and if it is successful, the technology will be deployed more widely at some point in the summer of 2018, ISPreview reports.
G.fast broadband technology is 330Mbps-capable and works in a similar way to existing Fibre-to-the-Cabinet networks. A cable is run to a PCP Street Cabinet, which houses an extension pod containing line cards.
The G.fast service then enters the business property via an existing twisted pair copper line in order to provide the superfast broadband service.
TalkTalk's new network trial will offer unlimited usage for business customers to bring it in line with the current FTTC package of products.
A number of other internet service providers (ISPs) have already launched hybrid technology packages, with the top two offering download speeds of 160Mbps and 330Mbps respectively, so it is perhaps unsurprising that TalkTalk has now come up with its own offering for business customers.
The service will act as a complement to the ongoing efforts to construct a full fibre FTTP network for the UK, something that currently only exists in York.
Commercial director at TalkTalk Business Pete Tomlinson said the move will go towards meeting the nation's 'insatiable' demand for greater bandwidth.
"As we continue to champion the drive towards a full fibre future, which for many is still too far away, G.fast can play an important role in helping customers enjoy the speeds they deserve," he added.
It's likely that other broadband providers will follow suit with their own offerings in the coming months if they are to compete with TalkTalk in the commercial internet market, while its partners will also be able to roll out G.fast in line with their provision agreements.
Back in 2016, a statement signed by TalkTalk insisted it would not be going ahead with G.fast at that particular time, despite BT pressing on with the technology's rollout.
Presumably, the company now believes the technology has evolved to become suitably 'fit for the future' and fitting for customers' needs in 2018 to warrant greater investment.