BT Broadband Checker – Explained.
We get a lot of questions from companies about the BT Broadband Checker. We always recommend that companies get in touch with us directly to find out what services are available to them, but we understand that some are reluctant to give their details. In this case, the BT Broadband Checker is a good tool to find out details information.
We would not recommend using Sam Knows or other sites as they can be very misleading. We have heard numerous stories of companies checking with Virgin Media to see if they can get a service, and their website confirming it’s available, only for them to find out later it isn’t.
The broadband checker allows you to input your BT phone number or address to find out what internet services are available. Once you submit, you might be surprised by the results. Here is a handy guide to what you may see.
WBC FTTC 18x2 is a low cost fibre broadband service with 18Mbps download and 2Mbps upload. It has been priced cheaper than standard 80/20 broadband to encourage those on ADSL to make the upgrade without too much of a change in price. Our fibre broadband services are priced low, so we do not offer this as a service.
We think that G.fast will be the future of internet connectivity in the UK and surpass fibre broadband within a few years. This has now been added to the BT Broadband Checker but although G.fast is being tested in areas around the UK, we wouldn’t expect too many locations to show anything here until the end of 2017. As you can see from the table above, up to 257.3Mbps is the maximum download speed and 35Mbps upload. We are a G.fast internet provider, so contact us if this is available for you.
FTTP or Fibre To The Premises is a contended fibre service and part of the Openreach Ultrafast set of broadband products. Also a service that we can deliver, you can choose to get it installed if not available to you. FTTPoD is an ‘on-demand’ service means we can install it, either for your own business, or potentially shared with others within the same building. FTTP is more costly for Openreach to installed, so we expect their focus to be more on the delivery of G.fast over the next few years at least.
Last on the list is ADSL, also known as standard broadband. This product has been surpassed by all the others previously mentioned although at one time is was the main service throughout the UK. In some cases though, your search may only return ADSL services as none of the others are available. This does not mean you are limited to slow ADSL broadband. You may be able to get a low cost copper leased line or full fibre leased line.
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