Types of Broadband available via BT Business

A brief summary of ADSL, VDSL, FTTP and GFAST.

ADSL/Copper/Broadband

More commonly known as 'Copper', ADSL is an entry level broadband product.

The fastest available speed with ADSL is up to 17Mbps download and up to 0.9Mbps upload. For this reason it is not a very desirable product but in instances where there is no better connection available, it can be a suitable product. 

The two ADSL products BTB offer are Broadband Essential and Broadband Enhanced. If the Enhanced ADSL product is bundled with Cloud Voice Express it is now known as Halo for Business 1 - Broadband.

 

VDSL/FTTC/Superfast

Usually referred to as FTTC (fibre to the cabinet), VDSL is the most popular and readily available fibre product. 

FTTC technology works by using fiberoptic cables from the BT exchange to the green cabinet, then using copper cabling from the cabinet to the premises. The maximum download speed is 76Mbps and the maximum upload is 19Mbps. 

BTB offer Superfast Enhanced and Superfast Essential. If the Enhanced FTTC product is bundled with Cloud Voice Express it is now known as Halo for Business 1 - Superfast.

 

FTTP/Full Fibre

FTTP is the most sought after product and is becoming more and more accessible for businesses across the UK. 

Similar to FTTC, FTTP works by using fiberoptic cables from the BT exchange but these cables go directly into the premises making the speeds much faster. BT Business offer their customers the ability to choose their speeds on FTTP, starting with Full Fibre 76 (maximum download 76Mbps, maximum upload 19Mbps), then to Full Fibre 150 (also known as Ultrafast 1, maximum download of 152Mbps and maximum upload 29Mbps), the final product is Full Fibre 300 (maximum download 314Mbps, maximum upload 48Mbps). 

As mentioned, the products available are Superfast Essential, Superfast Enhanced, Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2. If any of the Enhanced FTTC products are bundled with Cloud Voice Express they are now known as Halo for Business 1 - Full Fibre 76, Halo for Business 1 - Full Fibre 150 and Halo for Business 1 - Full Fibre 300.

 

GFAST

Still a relatively new product, GFAST is not yet widely available so it may be something you rarely (if ever come across). Working as a hybrid product similar to FTTP and FTTC it allows customers access to the same Ultrafast speeds mentioned above for FTTP. BTB customers are able to select their speeds by choosing between Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2. Ultrafast 1 offers a maximum download of 152Mbps and maximum upload 29Mbps, Ultrafast 2 offers a maximum download 314Mbps, maximum upload 48Mbps. GFAST customers can usually get standard FTTC and select Superfast if they do not want or need higher speeds.