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Openreach Connects First Customers to Broadband

Openreach has switched on its first pilot of ultrafast broadband services to residents of Huntington. is a DSL standard for short local loops which could provide broadband speeds of 330 Mbps, twice the speed of the current fastest broadband service available on the UK market. broadband is ten times the speed of the UK average.

The trial in Huntington involves 2,000 households and has been opened to eight other communications providers besides BT.

Two other trials are said to take place in Gosforth on Tyneside and Swansea in Wales and a wider rollout is expected to take place over the next few years.

CEO at Openreach, Joe Garner, said: "This is the largest trial of technology in the world and it builds on the pioneering research of BT's world-class R&D teams.

"We conducted the world's first trial in 2013 and our experts have been heavily involved in creating global industry standards for this technology. We're eager to support all our service providers in learning how customers enjoy the service."

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