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TalkTalk makes ultrafast broadband available to new customers in selected areas

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

TalkTalk is now offering ultrafast broadband to new customers as part of a trial – but only those living in selected areas will be able to take part.

The provider has announced two new broadband plans – Faster 150 Fibre, which offers speeds up to 150Mbps, and double the top speed with Faster 300 Fibre. The ultrafast plans also offer upload speeds of 30Mbps and 50Mbps respectively.

In order to do this, TalkTalk is using G.fast technology pioneered by Openreach, the company recently split from BT that owns and maintains the UK’s national broadband network.

G.fast allows providers to deliver much higher speeds to consumers using the existing mix of fibre cables and copper wires that makes up the majority of the country’s broadband infrastructure.

TalkTalk says its ultrafast services are now available in Bath, Cheltenham, Cambridge, Derby, Edinburgh, Gillingham, High Wycombe, Brighton and Hove, Luton, St Austell and Swansea. More places will be added to the list as Openreach continues to roll out its technology.

You can find out if G.fast is available on your street by using TalkTalk’s postcode checker.

Ultrafast alternatives

TalkTalk’s Faster 150 Fibre plan costs £40 a month and for Faster 300 Fibre it’s asking £50 a month. Just as with TalkTalk’s regular broadband and fibre broadband plans, you can add TalkTalk TV or a landline calling plan for an additional fee, and you’ll also get the peace of mind that comes with the monthly price being fixed for the length of the contract.

BT unveiled its own range of ultrafast broadband plans earlier this year, offering similar top-end speeds to those being promised by TalkTalk and a similar caveat that most people won’t actually be able to get the service yet.

Ultrafast Fibre 1 offers speeds up to 152Mbps and is a bit pricier than the equivalent plan from TalkTalk at £54.99 a month. Ultrafast Fibre 2 gives you top-end speeds of 314Mbps and costs £59.99 a month. BT guarantees that with either plan you’ll get at least 100Mbps and will even give you £20 compensation if your speed dips below that threshold.

If you aren’t eligible to take part in the trials being run by TalkTalk or BT, one provider is already offering ultrafast speeds as standard – and Virgin Media’s service is available to 45% of UK households according Ofcom’s latest Connected Nations report.

The number of homes able to access Virgin Media will be 60% when the provider finishes its Project Lightning rollout.

You can get 100Mbps broadband from Virgin Media for as little as £29. The UK’s fastest widely available speed – 350Mbps – will cost you £42 a month.

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