New Internet Access Products: GFast Broadband by BT
January 17, 2020
The future of internet access is looking exciting with BT introducing their GFast broadband, already putting the service within reach of over two million premises.
Let’s find out more about this new innovation and what we can expect from it.
What Is GFast Fibre Broadband?
GFast fibre broadband is a copper-based broadband service that is an advancement built around the traditional Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). It is an improved version with speeds of up to 330MB for download and 50MB for upload. For reference, this is 4 times faster as current FTTC download speeds are only 80MB.
How Does GFast Broadband Work?
As it is based around FTTC infrastructure, we will look at that first. FTTC provides internet access by transmitting broadband from your local exchange to your local BT street cabinet using a fibre cable. This is then transferred from the local BT cabinet to your building by a copper cable.
The way GFast broadband is different is that a special pod is fitted to the BT cabinet which is used to alter speed frequencies of the connection; this increases speed and reliability of the connection through the copper. With users located within close proximity to their local BT cabinet, they receive consistent and ultrafast internet.
What Are the Business Benefits of GFast Broadband?
With bandwidth-rich services on the rise within the business world, the introduction of GFast broadband will be extremely beneficial. With its faster capabilities and connection, it has the ability to support VoIP and other Cloud communications such as online CRM, online backups, and web browsing applications.
The demand for bandwidth will only carry on rising but this seems to be a trustworthy option to cater to every business’ needs, for now and for the future.
The Arrival of FTTP
As well as GFast broadband, BT have also introduced plans to rollout FTTP technology that is designed to reduce the cost of installing fibre optic broadband within rural areas. Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) transmits broadband from your local exchange directly to your building which means it is a fast and reliable way to provide internet access.
What to Expect in 2020
Although the deployment rate of BT’s GFast broadband has been fluctuating over the months, it is currently working towards a target of nearly 3 million premises by March 2020.