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TalkTalk Launches Ultrafast Broadband Packages on Openreach's Full-Fibre Network

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Budget ISP TalkTalk is now offering two “Future Fibre” packages on Openreach’s expanding FTTP network, with speeds of 150Mbps and 500Mbps.

TalkTalk already markets ultrafast broadband connections on Openreach’s G.fast network, which covers 2.8 million premises, and on CityFibre’s alternative FTTP network, FibreNation, which reaches 54,000 premises in York. However, this is the launch of their packages on Openreach’s faster and more wide-reaching full-fibre network, after a trial of the service late last year.

Openreach’s FTTP network currently covers three million premises, but has ambitions of connecting 4.5 million by March 2021 and eventually reaching 20 million by the “mid- to late-2020s," at a cost of £12 billion.

Openreach began offering wholesale packages on the network with speeds of 500Mbps and 910Mbps in March, although so far these are only be resold by Openreach parent company BT, Zen Internet and a handful of small suppliers. Sky launched tariffs on the Openreach FTTP in June, although they’re not yet taking full advantage of the network’s capability and speeds top out at 285Mbps.

TalkTalk is revving its broadband more—to 500Mbps download and 75Mbps upload. You’ll pay £39.95 a month on a 24-month contract for the service. The 150Mbps package clocks in at £34.95 a month.

But there’s been no word on when TalkTalk will put the peddle to the metal and launch gigabit packages on the network.

But firs the ISP needs to sort out the branding of its thicket of fibre products. The new packages on Openreach FTTP have been dubbed “Future Fibre,” while its standard Openreach FTTC deals are labelled “Faster Fibre” and “Superfast Fibre.” And then there’s also the G.fast-based “Faster 150 Fibre” and the CityFibre-based “UltraFibreOptic.” 

Confused? So are we. Comparing broadband will just tell you what deals are available to your address and how fast they are and you can forget the sound-alike names.

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith has worked as a journalist and copywriter for most of the last decade, covering technology, energy, and consumer rights, in the US and UK.

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