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    ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

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      ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

      https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.ph...edium=facebook
      UK internet provider BT has today launched a new range of “ultrafast fibre broadband” packages to support both the latest hybrid fibre G.fast and “full fibreFTTP technologies, which offer download speeds of up to 152Mbps and 314Mbps. On top of that there’s a 100Mbps “speed guarantee.”

      Previously the ISP only offered a 200Mbps (20Mbps upload) and 300Mbps (30Mbps upload) service under the Infinity 3 and 4 tiers respectively, which made use of the operator’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology. However Openreach has been busy rolling their new hybrid fibre G.fast technology to 1 million UK premises, which forms part of an initial pilot and under ideal circumstances this service can reach a similar top speed.

      On top of that Openreach has already moved to streamline the speed profiles of their FTTP and G.fast services in order to make the cost different between their wholesale 160Mbps (up to 152Mbps) and 330Mbps (up to 300Mbps) tiers as small as possible. Today BT have predictably become one of the first ISPs to take advantage of this by launching their new BT ULTRAFAST 1 and 2 packages to harness both G.fast and FTTP for the same price.

      At the time of writing we haven’t yet had the upload speeds of these packages confirmed, although if they follow the wholesale model then BT Ultrafast 1 should offer uploads of up to 30Mbps and BT Ultrafast 2 should deliver up to 50Mbps.

      Package Highlights

      As you’d expect the new packages include all of the usual features, such as unlimited usage, 18 month contract, line rental, access to BT’s national UK network of public WiFi hotspots, unlimited UK weekend calls, BT Parental Controls, BT Virus Protect and 1000GB of BT Cloud storage. On top of that subscribers will also receive the new Smart Hub X router, which looks like the normal Smart Hub but includes a built-in G.fast modem and an extra telephone port (details here).

      One interesting highlight of the new packages is that BT are also promoting them alongside a 100Mbps speed guarantee, which appears to be understandably aligned with the G.fast Fault Threshold. The ISP explains: “We want you to feel confident Ultrafast Fibre won’t let you down. So if your speed ever falls below 100Mb, we’ll give you £20 compensation” (it’s suggested that the same may also apply if your uploads fall below 10Mbps).

      At the time of writing new customers can also expect to receive a £110 BT Reward Card (i.e. a pre-paid MasterCard) when they sign-up, but take note that both packages do charge a one-off £59.99 setup fee upfront.

      BT ULTRAFAST 1 (up to 152Mbps)
      PRICE: £54.99 per month

      BT ULTRAFAST 2 (up to 314Mbps)

      PRICE: £59.99 per month

      At present Openreach’s FTTP and G.fast network only has very limited coverage (less than a million premises combined), although G.fast is expected to ramp up to cover 10 million premises by the end of 2020 and over the same time period we’ve been told to expect FTTP to reach 2 million premises (12 million total); this roughly reflects around 40% UK coverage.

      Openreach has also hinted at an aspiration to push FTTP out to 10 million premises by around 2025, although this is still the subject of some significant internal debate due to the cost (between £3bn to £6bn) and regulatory challenges of delivering such a rollout without recourse to state aid support (here).

      We expect other UK ISPs to take the wraps off their retail G.fast pricing in the very near future.

      NOTE:
      BT doesn’t specifically tout FTTP or G.fast technology on the new packages, although we ran a check on postcodes for several FTTP only and G.fast only areas to confirm that the same packages appeared for both.


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      Re: ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

      Those prices are insane!!!

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      Re: ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

      That's Rip off Britain for you.
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      Re: ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

      Rip of BT.
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      Re: ISP BT Launch 152Mbps and 314Mbps UK Ultrafast Broadband

      As with anything else that is new, sure they are high at this time. I would hope that they will come down in due course though.

      Take ADSL products. The original ADSL wasn't cheap when it was launched as an "up to 8mb" product. Today ADSL2+ is sometimes supplied for free as a promotion.

      Why is this? Most likely that the initial development costs have been recuperated, but also because of popularity. The infrastructure is now there to cope with much higher speeds and many of the setup issues have long since been identified and resolved.

      I guess the real questions to ask are:

      1. Will Sky adopt this?

      2. When will Sky launch a product which uses it?

      3. What price/s will they market it at?

      4. When will they launch a router that isn't locked down so much?

      Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro: Connected at 80,000 kbps / 20,000 kbps
      Previous ADSL2+ Speed 19999 kbps 1153 kbps, Line Attenuation 17.5 db 6.9 db, Noise Margin 7.5 dB 8.7 dB
      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

     

     

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