G.fast launches with BT Consumer as Ultrafast 1 and 2
The ultrafast future is here as BT Consumer has taken the cloak of invisibility off of its G.fast services and two new products are on the BT website today, Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2.
G.fast may have a limited footprint in the 100,000 to 290,000 premises region (low figure what we have found to date, high figure Openreach PR) but lots more people are reporting addition of the G.fast pod to their green street cabinet (PCP) so it looks set to grow quickly and will have to if the aim of 10 million premises passed by 2020 is to be met.
The new services from BT Consumer are engineer installed, thus ensuring that home wiring issues do not kill any of the speed benefits and the checkers are configured such that they are confident enough to offer a 100 Mbps speed guarantee, where is the 100 Mbps as measured on the BT site is breached you can make up to four claims in a year and get £20 back each time, slow downs due to a fault and home wiring are excluded. The router supplied is the latest Smart Hub that has the G.fast modem built in.
- BT Ultrafast 1 Up to 152 Mbps downloads (up to 30 Mbps uploads), £54.99 per month on an 18 month contract. £59.99 up front cost. New BT customers can claim a £110 BT Reward Card
- BT Ultrafast 2 Up to 314 Mbps downloads (up to 50 Mbps uploads), £59.99 per month on an 18 month contract. £59.99 up front cost. New BT customers can claim a £110 BT Reward Card
The BT site availability checker is misbehaving for some people with a 'Sorry, something went wrong' message so possibly the updates to add the G.fast services is not going as well as originally hoped. Our advanced filters on the package search page will allow you to filter by technology and see the couple of G.fast packages we are listing today, for the curious a map layer exists showing where we know G.fast is live.
Update 12:20pm The BT checker issue appears to be linked to cookies, as going incognito the checker works fine, but in FTTP areas it still seems to be promoting the Infinity 1,2,3 & 4 packages.
Update 4:45pm If you search for a broadband package on our listings the postcode filter now knows all about G.fast so will present G.fast packages as an option. The search understands that G.fast has a limited range and thus those we believe are out of range of G.fast will not be offered the option even if their cabinet has a live pod attached.