Gfast is a newly developed technology that will allow millions of more properties to reach speeds of over 100Mbps. This is beneficial for those who are unable to get FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) in their area, as they may now have the option to have speeds of up to 330Mbps in their property. One of the most important factors of the new technology is that it operates on the current infrastructure, meaning there is minimal disruption as there is no need to install new cables all the way to the building.
Gfast runs on the same infrastructure as FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet). The infrastructure for FTTC consists of a fibre cable running from the exchange to a street cabinet, transmitting broadband signals. The street cabinet then transmits the internet to your home, using a copper telephone wire, however, this method doesn’t allow ultrafast broadband speeds. In order for Gfast to work, and allow superfast broadband speeds, a special pod is built onto the side of the street cabinet. The special pod boosts the speeds through the copper wires allowing you to receive reliable, ultrafast internet speeds in your property.
As Gfast is slowly being introduced, currently, it is not available everywhere. However, BT expect “most of the UK” will be able to reach speeds of up to 500Mbps within a decade and, by the end of 2020, for the service to be available to 10 million homes. To see what options are available for your property, you will need to use the Openreach Fibre Checker.