Town part of pi­lot to test new sys­tem

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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