Just like Superfast, GFast Fibre broadband uses Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology. We turn Superfast into GFast by changing the frequencies of the connection, turbocharging your download speed to up to 330 Mbps.
We can only turbocharge the connection over a short distance, so we can usually only offer GFast broadband technology to homes and businesses that are close to their serving exchange.
Over 2.8m premises in the UK can get GFast Fibre broadband from service providers including BT, EE, Sky and Zen. At the moment, we don’t plan to build any new GFast capabilities, as we’re committed to rolling out our new Ultrafast Full Fibre network across the country.
GFast can seriously turbocharge your speed. At 330Mbps, you can download a 4K movie in under 6 minutes, or 100 of your favourite songs in under 20 seconds.
GFast is great for streaming the latest movies in 4K, chatting on video calls, and kicking back with some online gaming. If you're into virtual reality or serious gaming, have a big household with lots of devices, or regularly upload videos to Youtube, it’s a good idea to consider Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband instead. We're rolling this out to 25m homes and businesses by the end of 2026 and we connect someone to Full Fibre every 10.4 seconds.
With these kind of upload speeds, video calls are smooth and glitch-free, and you can upload files without skipping a beat. At 50Mpbs, a 2GB file will upload in under five and a half minutes.
It’s possible to get GFast with an analogue phone line, a digital phone line, or even no phone line at all. Check with your service provider to find out what phone line options they offer and then choose whichever suits you best.
Our broadband network is ‘open’ - so you’re never tied down to one service provider. Over 650 service providers use our network, including Sky, BT, Vodafone, TalkTalk and Plusnet, so you can always choose the broadband package that suits you best.
If you already have Superfast Fibre broadband with us, and GFast is available for your home or business, then all you need is a simple upgrade. An engineer will visit your home and your local cabinet and install and enable GFast technology. Your service provider may also need to send you a new router, to handle the faster speeds. Don’t worry, they should be able to let you know if this is necessary when you place an order.
If GFast technology is already installed then the switch is even more simple – you won’t need an engineer, and your service provider will let you know if you need a new and improved router. If you do, all you need to do is wait for it to arrive, plug in, and play.
Our most reliable connection that's ready for anything.
Perfect for serious gamers, virtual reality, big families, cloud storage, Youtube uploaders, 360 video and much much more.
That'll download a two hour 4K movie in under 2 minutes or your top 100 music tracks in under 7 seconds.
Our best copper broadband connection.
Perfect for gaming, 4K streaming and small families.
That'll download a two hour 4K movie in under 6 minutes or your top 100 music tracks in under 20 seconds.
Our most popular broadband - serving over 90% of the UK.
Perfect for streaming, video calling and home working.
That'll download a two hour 4K movie in under 24 minutes or your top 100 music tracks in under 80 seconds.
Our best broadband for hard to reach areas.
Perfect for email and basic web browsing.
That'll download a two hour 4K movie in 78 minutes or your top 100 music tracks in 4.5 minutes.
max 220Mbps upload speed
You'll be able to send that 2GB file in under 73 seconds.
A Digital Phone Line as standard
Get the latest phone line technology that plugs straight into your broadband, or choose no phone line at all.
Our most reliable connection
Ultrafast Full fibre runs a fibre optic cable straight from our exchange to your door, meaning it won't let you down - so no more buffering or drop outs.
You might also hear Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband called Fibre to the Premise (FTTP), or Fibre to the Home (FTTH)
max 50Mbps upload speed
You'll be able to send that 2GB file in under 5.5 minutes.
Digital, Analogue or no phone line
We'll be switching off the ability to buy a traditional (or PSTN) phone line in September 2023. You can also choose not to order a phone line with this service (called Single order GFast or SoGFast). We recommend taking a digital phone line that plugs straight into your broadband to make calls.
It's Superfast, but turbo-charged
GFast uses the same Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology as Superfast, but we turbo charge the connection between the cabinet and your property to give even higher speeds. Because of this, we can usually only offer GFast broadband to homes and businesses that are close to their exchange.
You might also hear GFast broadband called VDSL2 and sometimes Ultrafast broadband as it offer speeds over 300 Mbps
max 2Mbps upload speed
You'll be able to send that 2GB file in 13.5 minutes.
Digital, Analogue or no phone line
We'll be switching off the ability to buy a traditional (or PSTN) phone line in September 2023. You can also choose not to order a phone line with this service (called Single order Generic Ethernet Access or SoGEA). We recommend taking a digital phone line that plugs straight into your broadband to make calls.
Superfast broadband uses Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology
This means that we'll run a Fibre line from your exchange to your nearest cabinet. We then run broadband over the traditional copper wire from the cabinet to your home or business. This means that the further away from you are from your local cabinet, the slower your broadband speed is likely to be.
You might also hear Superfast broadband called Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), or VDSL.
max 1.4Mbps upload speed
You'll be able to send that 2GB file in 3.2 hours.
Analogue phone line
As part of our upgrade to phone lines across the UK, in 2022 we'll be launching the ability to take Standard broadband with a digital phone or no phone line at all with our Single Order Transitional Access Product (SoTAP).
Broadband over your phone line
We use the phone line from the exchange to your home or business to run broadband. The further you are from the exchange, the longer your phone line, which normally means a slower speed.
You might also hear Standard broadband called Asymmetric Digital Subscriber line (ADSL)
We explain how each different broadband type is delivered, and our build plans for Ultrafast Full Fibre broadband on our Fibre First pages.