Openreach has introduced a special ultrafast broadband package with download speeds of 1Gb - or 1,000 megabits per second. Previously, broadband at this speed was only available from BT for business broadband customers, but now the 1Gb connections can be ordered for our homes as well.
The connections will be in the areas of the country where Openreach's FTTP network is - that's fibre-to-the-premises, in which your broadband line is completely fibre optic right from the exchange to your building.
Unfortunately, that part of the network isn't very wide, only covering about 327,000 homes and businesses, but if you're in the right area then you're in luck. It's currently being developed in parts of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Salford, and it's already live in Kirkgate, Listerhills and Fieldhead business parks, Haydon Wick, Campton, and Meppershall.
Openreach is hoping the FTTP network will reach two million premises, and expand ultrafast broadband coverage to 12 million premises, by the end of 2020, so keep your eyes peeled.
Openreach CEO Clive Selley said: "We're committed to taking the UK from being a superfast to an ultrafast nation, and whilst we're extending the reach of our fibre-to-the-premises network, we're also boosting the speed and variety of the services we can offer over it.
"We've been working closely with our wholesale CP customers to develop these new ultrafast products, and we expect the new higher speed services will be of particular interest to small and medium businesses."
Wholesale prices for the service will range from £15.29 per month for an up to 40Mb download speed (2Mb upload speed) package, all the way up to £80 per month for the fastest 1Gb (220Mb upload) package. A mid-way package with download speeds up to 500Mb and upload speeds up to 165Mb will cost £55 per month.
Those are wholesale prices, mind, and they don't include VAT, so it'll likely cost a little more for customers.
The new packages will be available from 7 December.
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