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Five myths and misconceptions about Business Ultrafast Fibre
G.fast, the technology behind our Business Ultrafast Fibre offering, has been a popular topic of conversation in the telco sector for some time now. And with benefits like lightning-fast download and upload speeds, superior reliability and crystal-clear video streaming, it’s easy to see why it’s being talked about so much.
When it comes to selecting the right type of connectivity for your business, with so many options to choose from, it can be a challenge. In this article, we’ll clarify some information around G.fast, clear up a few common misconceptions along the way, and help you understand more about this fantastic product.
“There’s no point getting Business Ultrafast Fibre – we’ll have to move onto FTTP soon!”
Probably not that soon…There’s currently very little overlap between Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and G.fast, and that’s unlikely to change in the near future. In the short-to-medium term, Openreach will likely prioritise the FTTP rollout to areas without G.fast coverage. This means that for the next few years at least, Business Ultrafast Fibre could remain the only Ultrafast connectivity offering for premises that have been G.fast-enabled.
“Even if Business Ultrafast Fibre is available in my area, I’m still unlikely to be able to get it.”
You’ve got a better chance than you might think! Of all the premises connected to a G.fast-enabled cabinet, approximately 50-55% are close enough to the cabinet to achieve the minimum speeds required to be able to order Business Ultrafast Fibre.
“I don’t need Ultrafast speeds.”
Are you sure? Data usage is growing exponentially year on year. And with more and more devices connected, homes and businesses are more dependent on their connectivity than ever before. Ultrafast connections help to ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth to meet the needs of data-hungry homes and offices.
“Business Ultrafast Fibre could solve my slow FTTC connection.”
Not necessarily…There are several factors that determine FTTC speeds, but the main one is the distance from your premise to the street cabinet. If you’re experiencing slow speeds on your FTTC line, the chances are that you’re located further away from the cabinet. This means it’s unlikely you’ll be able to benefit from Business Ultrafast Fibre as you won’t be able to achieve the minimum speeds required.
“We heard Openreach is putting the brakes on G.fast plans.”
Openreach has now completed the rollout of G.fast and have no plans for deployment in the future. They are now favouring FTTP and expect to have made Full Fibre available to approximately 20m premises by 2030. Even so, it is likely that Business Ultrafast Fibre will be the only Ultrafast broadband product available at these 2.8m G.fast-enabled locations for the foreseeable future.
It’s estimated that 25-30% of the UK workforce will be working from home multiple days a week in 2021. In many cases, workers will be sharing their residential connection with the rest of the family. In busy households like these, where the kids are on Netflix seemingly 24/7, bandwidth limitations may cause impact remote workers’ connectivity and their ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues may be compromised.
With speeds of up to 300Mbps, Business Ultrafast Fibre is fast enough to support online activities of any business and household, including downloading large files, making VoIP calls, uploading videos and more. And what’s more, G.fast technology enables Ultrafast speeds over short copper lines – of less that 300m – so if Business Ultrafast Fibre is available at your location, you can be certain that you will always achieve Ultrafast speeds.
Want to learn more about Business Ultrafast Fibre? Call 03301 629 838 to see if it’s available in your area or click here to find out more.