BT Openreach partners with Nokia and Huawei for G.fast rollout

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Broadband provider aims to deliver country-wide ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps by 2025

BT Openreach has partnered with Nokia and Huawei to provide equipment it claims will support the delivery of 330Mbps download speeds to more than 10 million premises by the end of 2020.

The broadband provider claims these speeds are more than 20 times faster than the current UK average.

Switches, modems and cabinets will be rolled out to parts of Gillingham and Cherry Hinton in the coming months. They have been designed to help Openreach hit its targets of delivering ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps to the majority of the UK by 2025.

According to Openreach, more than 91 per cent of UK homes and businesses have access to speeds of 24Mbps and above. Broadband services using the Openreach fibre network are provided to over 25 million homes and businesses by 100 internet providers.

Ultrafast pioneers

Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: “Openreach is pioneering G.fast technology because we want to get affordable ultrafast speeds to as many people as possible in the fastest possible time.”

“This country already has the best superfast broadband coverage and take-up among the big economies in Europe, and we want to repeat that success with ultrafast. We’ll be going flat out to reach 12 million homes by 2020 and we are really leading the way by bringing cutting-edge kit to the UK at a huge scale.”

Huawei access network president Jeff Wang added: “Huawei has been working with Openreach for many years and we are looking forward to continuing the partner relationship through the G.fast contract.

“Huawei’s investment and innovation in G.fast will help Openreach to deploy ultrafast broadband from the street cabinet instead of the distribution point, making the business case viable for a large scale rollout and accelerating the rollout speed.”

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