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Jingle bells, jingle bells, G.fast all the way

Posted on: December 11, 2018, by Nic Elliott

2018 is coming to an end, but I’m really excited that we’ve been able to get some G.fast circuits installed for customers before the end of the year – including at my house!

The latest iteration of broadband (DSL), G.fast uses a broader spectrum of frequencies over the copper phone lines that we all know and love, giving higher bandwidths to those in reach.

Openreach (BT Plc) made the decision not to put the G.fast equipment closer to peoples houses and business premises than the current green cabinets at the end of the street.

What this means is that those who are fortunate enough to be close enough will be able to see an improvement from FTTC (which is also a form of DSL) and see those bigger bandwidth connections.

So far the circuits we’ve had installed have been working well, and although we haven’t had one go live yet at the top end of the bandwidth estimates, we are seeing palpable increases in bandwidth, which is great news.

For the installation in my own house, we’ve managed to double the capacity of a single circuit.  So where I once had 2x FTTC lines making up a connection delivering around 140Mbps in aggregate, I now get close to 200Mbps.  If I was to upgrade my second line as well, then it would be more like 300Mbps.

Our attitude to G.fast is the same as it was for FTTC and ADSL 2+ when they first came out.  We’ll use whatever bandwidth we can to create stable, resilient connections for our customers.

Any new broadband technology goes through its teething issues, but so far we’re seeing smooth running for all our G.fast circuits, and as a result, happy customers.

These new, higher bandwidth circuits, like G.fast and FTTP, and also leased lines as they are becoming increasingly more affordable, are needing bigger and more higher powered appliances to cope with them.

Make sure if you are considering upgrading, that you increase the capacity and ability of your entire network, especially your firewall and switches in order to make the most of the increased bandwidth.

We’ll be happy to talk to you about supplying firewalls capable of dealing with the bandwidth your connection delivers.

For now, enjoy the Christmas period, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales team to find out if any of the latest connectivity technologies are available to your business locations.

Remember, we aren’t precious about what types of circuit we install – we’ll always give you as much capacity as you want, and in any combination, whether it’s ADSL, FTTC, G.fast, FTTP or leased line.  Our service is ‘all you can eat’!

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