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6:03am 1st June 2017
(Updated 6:03am 1st June 2017)

A Cornwall town will now see some of the fastest internet speeds in the country.

It comes as thousands of people benefit from a new 'ultrafast' broadband network which is being piloted by operator Openreach.

More than 3,000 households and businesses in and around the town are connected to the new service, known as G.fast, which provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps - more than 10 times the UK average.

This means that downloading a two hour HD film could take just 90 seconds, a 45 minute HD TV show just 16 seconds and a nine-hour audio book three seconds.

People living in the pilot areas who want to try the new service should contact their internet service provider to see if they're offering a service, and to find out more about availability and pricing.

The areas to benefit from the G.fast pilot include parts of the wards of St Austell Bay, Bethel, Gover, Poltair, Mount Charles, St Mewan and Penwithick and Boscoppa.

Emma Howarth, Openreach's programme director for network delivery in the South West, said: "A huge amount of effort and substantial investment has already taken place in the development of this exciting new technology.

"So I'm delighted to announce that we can now start connecting people in St Austell and at the 19 other locations around the country.

"These pilot schemes are hugely important to us and to the local households and businesses, which will be able to benefit from G.fast.

"Whether you are somebody aiming to work more efficiently or grow your business, or a household going online for shopping, entertainment or studies, fast access to the internet has never been more important.

"We know the technology works and can be a major benefit for customers, but these pilots will now help us test and improve all the factors involved in rolling out G.fast on a national scale."

Kim Mears, Openreach managing director for infrastructure delivery, added: "The UK is ahead of its major European neighbours when it comes to superfast broadband but technology never stands still - that's why we're building on our existing fibre network and leading the way in deploying ultrafast speeds.

"We need to stay ahead in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers. G.fast will allow us to do that by building on the investment we have made in fibre to date.

"It will transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast, and it will reach the largest number of people in the quickest possible time."

St Austell was announced as a pilot location for G.fast in October 2016 as part of Openreach's ambition to make ultrafast broadband available to 12 million UK homes by the end of 2020.

G.fast technology changes the way today's broadband is transmitted, delivering ultrafast speeds that have previously required fibre to be run all the way to the premises (FTTP).

This is significant as G.fast will enable Openreach, the local network business which is part of BT Group, to make ultrafast fibre available to a much larger number of homes and businesses and more quickly than if it had focused on FTTP alone.

Following early trials of G.fast in Cambridgeshire, Gosforth and South Wales, the 20 pilot areas have extended that reach even further - already reaching more than 100,000 homes across the UK.

People wanting to take advantage of the new technology can find out more here.

6:03am 1st June 2017

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