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What is G.fast? How does G.fast work? We answer your G.fast questions.

G.fast is the latest in a long line of business broadband products but how does it differ from FTTC? How does G.fast work and where is G.fast available? In this blog, we answer all of your common G.fast questions.

What is G.fast?

G.fast is a type of business broadband. It’s a technology that provides significantly higher speeds than FTTC but, as G.fast doesn’t require full-fibre connectivity, it’s available in many areas where FTTP may not yet be available.

When will G.fast be available?

G.fast is currently available in 2.8million premises across the UK and was made available thanks to Openreach and the building of its ‘ultrafast broadband’ coverage. However, Openreach has now moved focus to build its full-fibre network and, therefore, paused the G.fast roll out in favour of full-fibre. It has been confirmed by Openreach that they don’t intend to resume the G.fast roll out until April 2021 at the earliest. Despite this pause, 2.8million premises can access G.fast and, in many areas, G.fast offers the fastest speeds currently available to those premises.

Can I get G.fast?

If you’re in one of the 2.8million premises that can benefit from G.fast, then yes you can! However, people within these premises must be mindful that, in order to benefit from G.fast, you must be located within 200-300metres of a street cabinet to get the best out of G.fast. If you’re outside of these areas but are looking for an upgrade from FTTC, FTTP might be the solution you’re looking for.

How does G.fast work?

G.fast works by using the current FTTC infrastructure already installed. It works in the same way, taking data along copper cables from the internet service provider to the street cabinet and then utilising fibre optic cables to take the data from the street cabinet to the premises. However, where G.fast differs is at the street cabinet. With G.fast, a special pod is attached to the cabinet, supercharging the FTTC connection to give businesses up to four times faster speeds than FTTC. To help understand G.fast a little better, take a look at our video or our helpful infographic.

How fast is G.fast?

G.fast is capable of achieving speeds up to four times faster than FTTC. With FTTC, businesses can see speeds between 40-80Mb depending on the package they’ve chosen. However, by upgrading to G.fast, businesses could see speeds of either 160Mb or 330Mb, which would make a remarkable difference to businesses across the UK.

Is G.fast available in my area?

It could be! As aforementioned, G.fast is currently available in 2,8million premises. Its available in Oldham to Addiscombe and from Dover to Stoke and plenty of places up and down the UK.

When can I get G.fast?

If it’s available in your area now, you can upgrade today! If G.fast isn’t available, it’s worth seeing if you can get FTTP by using our broadband checker HERE.

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