What is GFast and how does it work?
GFast is an improved version of Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). It increases the speeds from a maximum of upto 80mb download to upto 330mb download in areas where it is available. For a few years the only options businesses have had, for broadband internet access in their properties, is either ADSL, FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) or more recently, FTTP (Fibre To The Premises). (Note that this doesn’t include carriers that don’t use BT Openreach or BT Wholesale. E.g Virgin Media).
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 local BT street cabinet. A copper cable is then used to transfer the fibre broadband from the local BT street cabinet to the property.
GFast is provided to a property in almost exactly the same way, however a special pod is fitted onto the side of the BT cabinet. This special pod increases the speed through the copper cables to the property, resulting in reliable, ultrafast broadband speeds.
What is the difference between Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) & Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
FTTP is a premium service that delivers a true fibre optical connection into your premises directly from the local BT Exchange. FTTP users are not served by a local BT cabinet, but served with a connection directly routed to their local BT exchange in that given location. FTTP Speeds in theory can deliver up to 1000Mb but in reality the maximum available (presently) is 350Mb with a 50Mb upload.
FTTC is basically half a fibre optical cable delivered to your premises. Fibre is delivered to the local BT cabinet and the remainder of the journey is delivered over your copper phone line. The difference being that the speeds on FTTC are much lower than FTTP and you can only hit a maximum of 80Mb download and 20Mb upload.
FTTC users are only connected to a BT Cabinet and the service is delivered over a copper phone line.
FTTP users are not connected to a BT Cabinet because they are too close to the BT local Exchange thus have a direct connection to the BT Exchange. The service is delivered on fibre and does not use a copper phone line.
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. If you wish to read more about FTTC and FTTP then visit our web page by clicking here.
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.