Two sites chosen for fibre trials

Fibre-optic connections are moving a step closer to home.

FTTC extends the reach of the high-speed fibre-optic network to the kerbside cabinets that make the final connection to individual homes.

The Openreach trial will begin involve up to 15,000 homes in each area. The pilots will follow a planned technical trial in the Foxhall exchange area of Kesgrave, Suffolk in early 2009, and the successful launch of the fibre to the premises (FTTP) product at Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent earlier this year.

“We are delighted to announce Whitchurch, South Glamorgan and Muswell Hill exchanges as the first sites chosen to pilot our fibre to the cabinet product," said David Campbell, Openreach’s director of next generation access. "Services in these areas will be available to all UK communication providers on a wholesale basis. The sites were chosen in consultation with communications providers and took into account feedback from Regional Development Agencies, devolved authorities and similar organisations. It was also necessary to take into account current network topology and our ability to run testing procedures in the chosen areas.

"We expect to announce detailed plans for the initial market deployment of the Openreach product in early 2010, again following consultation with all interested parties.”

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