British ISP Cerberus Networks is trialing BT Openreach's Gfast technology to provide affordable high-speed Internet services to business customers.
The provider now offers downstream speeds of up to 330 Mbp/s fiber-to-the-premise (with 30 Mbp/s upstream) via BT optical fiber. The service is currently in "advanced stage trial," Cerberus said in a news release.
In addition to faster speeds and pricing of about £67 plus tax (about $88), Cerberus can deploy this solution much faster than alternate approaches since Gfast leverages existing copper wire.
Under the trial program, BT Openreach installs the service on-premises and provides modems to customers, who then connect their own router to the Ethernet socket, wrote Michael Rudge, a consultant at Cerberus in a blog.
"In the early days of FTTC this was also engineer-installed with a BT provided modem," he said. "Gfast is pretty much the identical experience. Like FTTC, it is expected that in time self-install options will be available using third party modem/routers and plugin microfilters and will not require a BT Openreach visit."
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