TalkTalk is running a trial of fibre broadband that will offer residents of Muswell Hill in London and Whitchurch in Cardiff internet access of up to 40Mbps.

Residents taking part in the trial, which will start this month and run until January 2010, will receive a new router and modem and will be given their Essentials phone and broadband package free for the length of the trial. They will also be given an unlimited download limit.

The ISP is currently in the process of upgrading its networks, which cover 80 percent of the UK, giving web users faster internet access. If the trial proves successful, TalkTalk plans to offer its fibre-based broadband to all of its customers.

TalkTalk, which recently purchased Tiscali, also revealed that it is considering offering a TV-on-demand service in the future. TalkTalk said it will continue to support the 50,000 customers that purchase Tiscali TV and will consider rolling it out to their own customers in the future.

The ISP also revealed it is taking part in discussions regarding Project Canvas. The project is a joint venture between the BBC, ITV and BT, which plans to offer UK residents broadband-connected digital television receiver.s Channel Five recently announced it also joining the project.

The open-platform service, which could be made publicly available as early as next year, is also thought to offer HD broadcasts through Freeview and TV-on-demand similar to the BBC's iPlayer.

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