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Why can Sky give me faster broadband?

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Grafter
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Why can Sky give me faster broadband?

I'm just out of contract and have been shopping around. Have had only one issue with Plusnet so I'm happy to stay but it seems that Sky can offer me speeds of 100mbit+ (guaranteed to be at least 100mbit apparently) whereas if I renew with Plusnet I'll remain on ~60-70mbit fibre. VM are not in my area so I'm limited to FTTC connections.

Are Sky lying or are they able to offer different services to Plusnet? Seems a bit odd as I'd have thought everything was the same regardless of provider, since it all goes through the same phone line to BT.

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Re: Why can Sky give me faster broadband?

It's possible that Sky are offering G.Fast if you are close enough to the cabinet. Plusnet are not currently offering that option

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.fast

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2020/03/g-fast-broadband-gets-commercial-uk-launch-by-openreac...

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Re: Why can Sky give me faster broadband?


@MisterW wrote:

It's possible that Sky are offering G.Fast if you are close enough to the cabinet. Plusnet are not currently offering that option

 

 


 

Indeed. Though EE are currently cheaper and offer both 150 and 300Mbps packages whereas Sky only seem to market the upto 150 Mbps...

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Grafter
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Re: Why can Sky give me faster broadband?

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Yes I've just signed up with EE today as I have a mobile contract with them too, so get some extra data. Minimum speed of 112mbps which is nice. Shame to leave Plusnet as I've been happy but can't argue with the almost doubling of speed for only £36 a month. Cheapest offer from Plusnet is to renew at £26.99 - not worth it in my eyes

 

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