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28 May 2015

Swansea gears up for ultra-fast broadband speed pilot

Swansea

Around 100 residential and business premises in Swansea are set to benefit from ultrafast broadband this summer BT has announced.

The Welsh city has been named as the latest place the company will be trialling G.fast technology, which promises broadband speeds of several hundred megabits per second.

BT intends to deploy ultrafast broadband across the nation within a decade with Swansea now joining Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Gosforth and Newcastle in evaluation field trials.

The trials will be looking at how G.fast can be exploited in multi-dwelling units such as blocks of flats and business premises, as well as its economic impact on small and medium businesses.

New test lab

BT is also planning to establish a new test lab at the BT Tower in Swansea, providing academics, start-ups and other communications providers a place to trial G.fast based applications and technology.

Mike Galvin, managing director of service, strategy and operations at BT, said: "BT’s research into ultrafast ‘G.fast’ technology is now moving out of the labs and into the field."

Sir Terry Matthews, chairman of the Swansea Bay City Region Board, welcomed the ‘high-tech ecosystem’ to the region, saying it is sure “to spawn a range of innovative new start-up companies, technologies, products and services.”

The trial will build on the existing investment BT has made in fibre infrastructure in the city.

For more on G.fast, watch this short video.