BT has announced that it is expanding its high-end broadband packages, bringing its higher-speed offerings to premises not served by fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) with 152Mb/s and 314Mb/s packages.
Designed to supplement the company's existing 200Mb/s and 300Mb/s Infinity 3 and Infinity 4 broadband packages, which are available exclusively to the minority of UK buildings with direct fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections, BT's Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2 ditch the Infinity branding yet offer significantly wider support through the use of G.fast VDSL connectivity through to fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC).
Ultrafast 1 brings a maximum connection speed of 152Mb/s, while Ultrafast 2 hits 314Mb/s - though, as always, actual speeds will vary depending on line quality, distance to the cabinet, and exchange congestion. Uniquely, though, BT has become the first ISP to formally offer a minimum speed guarantee: If at any point a subscriber's connection drops below 100Mb/s, a £20 'BT reward card' rebate can be claimed - up to a maximum of four claims per year, however, and only when using BT's own in-house speed test platform.
BT has confirmed pricing of £55 and £60 per month for the Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2 connections respectively, but while G.fast FTTC has a wider reach than direct FTTP the service is still available to only a minority of households with BT targeting to support 12 million premises by 2020.
More information, and an availability checker, is available on the official website.
Only Virgin escapes.
By 2033, anyway.
Stops short of outing Athena
Bridgwater facility closed.
Still targeting a 2020 deadline.
Even as 400GbE becomes official.
Plans a total of 12,000.
Aims to 'connect the other half'.
Rejects BT's voluntary approach.
Will enforce the use of peak-time medians, instead.
Tries to bypass USO plans.
£500 connection fee, £80 per month.
No 1Gb/s goodness for ol' Blighty.
The director general of the FTTH Council believes that the UK broadband market needs a shake-up.