Town part of pilot to test new system
Rutherglen households are amongst the first in Scotland to gain access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country as a pilot project gets underway.
Openreach has begun switching on the pilot areas for its new ultrafast broadband network, which takes in part of Castlemilk and Rutherglen.
Known as G.fast, the new ultrafast service provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps – more than 10 times the UK average.
The faster speeds mean a two-hour HD film can be downloaded in just 90 seconds, a 45-minute HD TV show in just 16 seconds and a nine-hour audio book in just three seconds.
Andrew Hepburn, Openreach fibre programme director for Scotland, said: “A huge amount of effort and substantial investment has already taken place in the development of this exciting new technology. I’m delighted to announce that we can now start connecting the first people in Scotland to this new technology.
“These pilot schemes are hugely important to us and to the local households and businesses which will be able to benefit from G.fast.
“We know the technology works and can be a major benefit for customers, but these pilots will now help us test and improve all the factors involved in rolling out G.fast on a national scale.”
Engineers have spent recent months upgrading the network in several parts of Rutherglen to prepare for the arrival of the G.fast broadband pilot scheme.
The town, together with parts of Glasgow and Edinburgh, was announced as a pilot location for G.fast in October 2016, as part of Openreach’s ambition to make ultrafast broadband available to 12 million UK homes by the end of 2020. Engineers have spent recent months upgrading the network in several parts of Rutherglen and Glasgow to prepare for the arrival of the G.fast broadband pilot scheme.
Ruglonians who want to try the new service should contact their internet service provider to find out more about availability and pricing. Kim Mears, Openreach managing director for infrastructure delivery, added: “The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to superfast broadband but technology never stands still.
“We need to stay ahead in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers. G.fast will allow us to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date.
“It will transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast, and it will reach the largest number of people in the quickest possible time.”
Up to speed BT Open reach are installing G. Fast, ultrafast broadband, in Rutherglen