BT has taken the covers off a set of fibre broadband packages that could boost its customer’s internet speeds up to 314Mbps.
Ultrafast Fibre 1 and Ultrafast Fibre 2 are the packages on offer, with the former looking to boost speed to up to 152Mbps and the latter aiming for the speeds in excess of 300Mbps. Current maximum BT fibre speeds sit at 78Mbps.
“Whether it is six in the evening or six in the morning, with Ultrafast Fibre everyone can be online at the same time, streaming, downloading and gaming,” said Marc Allera. CEO of BT’s consumer division.
“Rather than spending hours downloading TV shows or films to their smartphone or tablet, they’ll be able to do it in minutes. Customers will have complete peace of mind that they can always rely on Ultrafast Fibre, backed up by the promise that we’ll give them £20 if their speed ever falls below 100Mbps.”
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While BT’s ‘full fibre’ Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) packages only cover a small percentage of UK homes, the new packages, according to Hexus, will tap into BT’s hybrid G.Fast network, which blends fibre cabling to the cabinet and uses traditional copper wring to pipe connectivity to a house.
If you happen to be in one of the areas that supports G.Fast, then you can benefit from the new fibre packages, though the top-end speed are likely limited to people with full fibre connections.
With BT promising to roll out G.Fast to cover 20 million premises by 2020, we should expect to see more speedy and easily accessed broadband connections crop up.
Pricing for BT’s Ultrafast 1 sits at £54.99 per month, while Ultrafast 2 is a little more at £59.99 per month.
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