Cambridge Village Competes with South Korea on Broadband Spe

Residents of Broughton in Cambridgeshire are the first UK consumers to get access to broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The Vtesse Broadband is supplying Broughton with non-shared fibre-to-the-home connections using its dedicated telephone poles while individual homes are connected to the DVP with overhead and underground fibres.

Despite BT currently being in Ofcom-mediated talks with Vtesse about pole and duct sharing, a company spokesperson said these talks are unlikely to produce a "workable outcome" for many months.

Aidan Paul, CEO of Vtesse says, "Our community fibre distribution model uses telephone poles to carry dedicated fibres from our local broadband exchange directly to each home."

"Every connected home has a dedicated fibre and with the unlimited capacity that fibre offers we are able to offer our Broughton customers services that range from an entry level 10Mbps through to a world beating symmetric 1Gbps. We think that the combination of fibre overhead pole delivery to consumer premises and gigabit speeds is a UK first," he said.

The Broughton installation is a sequel to an earlier Vtesse village hook-up in Birch Green. BT is to test a 1Gbps broadband service in Kesgrave, Suffolk later on this year.

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