The race to offer super-fast broadband has hotted up. BT is set to run a trial of a 1Gbps service in Suffolk.

The company will be running technical tests in Kesgrave as part of its drive to modernise its broadband offering.

The 1Gbps trial is set to start 2011 and has been designed to demonstrate the maximum speed capabilities of BT’s Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) product - eg downstream speeds of 1Gb/s and upstream speeds of 400Mbps to businesses and consumers. The trial will test the delivery of broadband speeds ten times faster than BT’s current FTTP product, which is set to launch commercially next year.

The trial will concentrate heavily on rural communities as BT has already indicated a desire to increase its broadband offerings to these parts of the country. The company is set to include 40 rural market towns in the next phase of exchanges for fibre broadband, these will be announced early next year.