“Today is the start of a new chapter in building Britain’s connected future”
– Openreach CEO, Joe Garner
HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom – Fibre and network expertise provided by John Henry Group has helped BT Openreach launch a ‘new chapter’ in internet telecommunications after the company announced thousands of people in Huntingdon will benefit from a new type of ultrafast ‘G.fast’ broadband technology.
The trial, called G.fast, is being delivered by Openreach, with construction and fibre expertise provided by the John Henry Group’s fibre and network construction experts; John Henry Biscomm and John Henry Comms, is open to all communications providers on equal terms, which means people will have a choice of service provider and any technological developments will benefit the wider industry.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to assist Openreach in the installation of this new type of technology”
– James Carter, senior project manager, John Henry Biscomm
Two thousand homes and businesses will be covered by the trial in the coming weeks and the network is already delivering speeds of up to 330 megabits per second (Mbps), which is currently more than ten times the current UK average.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to assist Openreach in the installation of this new type of technology,” said James Carter, senior contracts manager at John Henry Biscomm.
“John Henry Group’s fibre experts provide industry leading expertise to design and construction, support, maintain and repair all scale telecommunications networks and as a business, we have enjoyed a special relationship with BT, which has lasted more than a decade.”
The network capitalises on new G.fast, technology, which has been pioneered by BT’s research and development (R&D) experts.
G.fast changes the way today’s broadband is transmitted, delivering ultrafast speeds that currently require fibre to be run all the way to the premises (FTTP). This is significant as it will enable Openreach to make ultrafast broadband available to a much larger number of homes and businesses, and in a shorter timeframe, than if it had focused on FTTP alone.
“Today is the start of a new chapter in building Britain’s connected future”, said Openreach CEO, Joe Garner.
“This is the largest trial of G.fast technology in the world and it builds on the pioneering research of BT’s world-class R&D teams”
If trials like the one in Huntingdon prove successful and if UK regulation continues to encourage investment, Openreach aims to start deploying its G fast technology in 2016/17, alongside its fibre-to-the-cabinet and fibre-to-the-premises services.
“BT is harnessing world class technology and expertise”
– Conservative secretary of state, John Whittingdale
Openreach believes that G.fast will enable it to make speeds of a few hundred megabits per second available to millions of homes by 2020 and deliver up to 500Mbps to most of the UK within a decade as the technology is developed further.
The technology has also gained praise from the United Kingdom’s Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale
“The UK already leads Europe when it comes to superfast broadband coverage and speeds, with around 40,000 more homes and businesses getting access every week thanks to the government rollout,” said Mr Whittingdale.
“We want to stay ahead of the competition and so it’s good to see this continued investment and innovation in the industry.
“BT is harnessing its world-class technology and engineering expertise to help the UK lead the way on ultrafast broadband and remain a world leading digital economy.”
The trial will run for six to nine months, allowing Openreach, and its eight communications provider trialists, as well as BT’s R&D division, to assess the technical performance of the technology across a large footprint.
Various methods of deployment will be used to provide a valuable insight into how the technology can be used on a day-to-day basis, including how usage might grow over time.
The speeds on offer will allow people to stream live ultra-high-definition 4K video content to multiple devices at once, all whilst simultaneously browsing the web, uploading videos and photos, or playing online games.
The company has pioneered research into G.fast technology since 2007 and has been heavily involved in driving the creation of global industry standards in that time. It is working on the trials with international vendors ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei, and also with chipset manufacturers and global standards bodies, to drive the speed and performance of G.fast technology.