BT and Alcatel-Lucent trial G.fast technology

12 October 2015 |


British incumbent BT and Alcatel-Lucent have begun the consumer trial of G.fast technology in England’s North East.

Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast technology is designed to enable service providers to deliver high-speed internet services in locations where it is difficult to deploy fibre. It also eliminates the need to rewire entire buildings and homes.

During the trial the technology will allegedly enable data speeds of up to 330Mbps, delivered over copper cables.

“This is the largest trial of G.fast technology in the world today and extensive research by teams of experts at both BT and Alcatel-Lucent have prepared us for this exploration into how the technology performs,” said Mike Galvin, MD service, strategy and operations at BT.

“With G.fast, we look forward to opening a new chapter in building Britain’s connected future through the delivery of ultra-fast broadband to more people in the coming years.”

The trial is expected to provide customers with much faster broadband speeds as well as new services such as multiple simultaneous 4K TV channels, fast HD video downloads and streaming.  

“The latest analyst predictions say that within five years, something like one million minutes of video content will cross the global fixed or mobile network every single second,” said Cormac Whelan, CEO at Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland.

“The demand for broadband has never been greater and is only heading in one direction so this G.fast trial is the right technology at the right time.”

In August this year, BT conducted a large-scale customer trial of Huawei’s G.fast technology.