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Ultrafast broadband rolled out across UK; Cardiff, Aberdeen, Southampton and more

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Ultrafast broadband is being rolled out to 59 areas of the UK from Monday, doubling the number of locations where the technology is available.

Openreach said many regions across the country will benefit, including Aberdeen, Cardiff, Bury, Southampton and Taunton.

Kim Mears, of Openreach, said: “Britons are using their home broadband connections more than ever, consuming more than double the amount of data than they did just three years ago.

“A mass of new apps and services which demand higher-quality broadband connections are becoming parts of our daily lives in our homes and at work.

“That’s why we’re making this huge investment in upgrading the network, to make sure we stay a step ahead of that demand.”

The UK has been slow to spread superfast broadband around the UK with a Universal Service Obligation (USO) of providing at least 10Mbps to every household in the country not due to be completed until 2020.

Earlier this month MPs called for the government to raise this minimum offering, following calls last year in the House of Lords to increase the USO to 30Mbps. 

Openreach’s hybrid fibre network, dubbed G.fast, is capable of delivering a maximum of 330Mbps and plans to roll it out to cover 10 million homes by 2020.

Until today, G.fast had previously only been rolled out to 46 locations, reaching around one million premises in August 2017.

According to ISPreview: “G.fast works in a similar way to VDSL2 based Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology by running a fibre-optic cable to your local PCP Street Cabinet, which is then fitted with an extension ‘pod’ to house the line cards. After that, the G.fast service reaches your home via the existing copper cable.” 

This is the full list of the new G.fast locations: Aberdeen Denburn, Acocks Green, Altrincham, Aylesbury, Bedford, Birmingham Central, Bishops Stortford, Boscombe, Bowes Park, Bury St. Edmunds, Bury, Byfleet, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Cosham, Didsbury, Erdington, Gipsy Hill, Guildford, Hampton, Harlow, Harrogate, Headingley, Heywood, Kingston, Lancaster, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Llantrisant, Maidstone, Market Harborough, Mile End, Morley, Narborough, North Finchley, Paignton, Plymouth, Rugby, Shipley, Slough, South Kensington, Southampton, Southend Town, St Albans, Stockton Heath, Swadlincote, Tamworth, Taunton, Telford Wellington, Tunbridge Wells, Walthamstow, Weston Super Mare, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Woodhouse (Berkshire), Woodley, York.

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