What is GFast and how does it work?

For many years the only options people have had, for internet access in their properties, is either FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) or FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet). FTTP is a premium service that allows high-speed internet access in your home, whereas, FTTC is a standard service resulting in much slower internet access. Due to the way FTTP functions, most buildings are unable to benefit from this premium service and therefore could only use FTTC, however, with the introduction of GFast, millions of more properties can now benefit from higher internet speeds.

The new cutting edge technology GFast is finally here. GFast allows users, who aren’t able to get FTTP (Fibre To The Premises), to receive internet speeds of up to 330Mbps using the current FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) infrastructure. FTTC works with a fibre cable transmitting broadband from an exchange to a street cabinet. A copper cable is then used to transfer the broadband from the street cabinet to a person’s property. GFast works in a similar way. GFast uses the same cables as FTTC, however a special pod is fitted onto the side of the cabinet. This special pod increases the speed through the copper cables to the property, resulting in reliable, ultrafast broadband speeds.

 

 

Where is GFast available?

At the moment GFast is only available in some locations. To see if you can benefit from GFast, contact us. BT are aiming for “most of the UK” to to be able to reach speeds of up to 500Mbps within 10 years and for GFast to be available to over 10 million homes by the end of 2020. GFast has already benefited over one million homes and will allow millions of more properties to get ultrafast broadband speeds with minimal disruption. This is because there is no need to insert new cables between buildings.

 

Can I get GFast now?

If you are interested in GFast and would like to see if you can benefit from higher internet speeds, then contact us. We are able to check if GFast is available in your area and will be able to offer you some competitive quotes.

You can also use the Openreach GFast checker to check if GFast is available in your area. BT are working hard to ensure the availability of GFast is increased and are aiming to soon allow most of the UK to reach higher broadband speeds.