Selected areas in both Edinburgh and Glasgow will benefit from the pilot of a new ‘Ultrafast broadband’ system known as G.Fast, which supports speeds of up to 330Mbps over existing copper wiring by expanding the frequency range used by broadband signals.
This minimises disruption and means that full fibre to the premises (FTTP) is not required, but only upgrades to fibre cabinets, to G.fast-enabled digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs)
In Edinburgh, the pilot will include properties in Corstophine, Craiglockhart, Fountainbridge, Gorgie, the Meadows, Morningside and Sighthill.
In Glasgow, both Linn and Rutherglen are included.
People living in these areas will need to contact their Internet service provider to see if they can access the new G.Fast infrastructure, although the OpenReach site currently only lists BT, BT Wholesale and Talk Talk as participating ISPs.
Openreach is hoping to make superfast broadband available to around 12 Million UK homes by the end of 2020. While some of these will be full (FTTP) fibre, the majority are likely to use the G.Fast system.