TalkTalk is to offer G.Fast to some of its customers, despite previously criticising Openreach for deploying the copper-based broadband technology. 

The trial is aimed at the UK operator’s wholesale and partner customers, who can test the 330MBps service from this month.

TalkTalk said it expected to offer G.Fast commercially in line with Openreach’s launch, which is slated for this summer.

Announcing the trial, TalkTalk described G.Fast as “a complementary technology to FTTP”.

This contrasts wildly with a letter that former TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding co-signed with her counterparts at Sky and Vodafone in 2016, in which the three said: “Although BT believes G.fast is fit for the future, as your customers, we simply do not.”

The letter was part of a wider campaign called Fix Britain’s Internet, which aimed to push Ofcom into making Openreach a separate company from BT.

They were partially successful, with the two companies now legally separate, and Openreach unveiling plans to deploy FTTP to three million premises by 2020.

Pete Tomlinson, Commercial Director at TalkTalk Business, said: “As we continue to champion the drive towards a full fibre future, which for many is still too far away, G.Fast can play an important role in helping customers enjoy the speeds they deserve.“

In February, TalkTalk announced plans to build a FTTH network to three million premises in partnership with investment firm Infracapital.

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