BT and Sky will soon have new competition from Cuckoo
Many of the largest internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK are introducing blazing fast speeds for homes across the country. BT and Virgin continue to roll out their ultra-fast 1Gbps technology and Sky has just announced it is improving its service with the launch of 500Mbps speeds.
As a quick guide, a 1Gbps connection beams a Full HD movie to TVs in about 30 seconds and those with Sky’s new 500Mbps offering should wait just a minute before watching the latest blockbuster. That all sounds very impressive, but something new is coming soon that offers a feature that BT, Sky and Virgin Media simply can’t match.
Cuckoo is a newcomer to the UK broadband market and last year the company launched its internet service. What sets this company apart from most of its rivals is that it doesn’t ask its customers to sign up for a long-term deal, meaning they can leave at any time.
At the moment, Cuckoo offers just one basic broadband plan with users accessing standard speeds of about 70 Mbps. That’s not exactly fast, but things are about to change with the company bragging that users will be able to access full Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) speeds from October.
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If you didn’t already know, FTTP is replacing the outdated copper pipes that enter huge homes in the UK.
Because the fiber optic cable enters the building in this way, Internet Service Providers can then offer infinitely higher speeds.
It’s unclear how fast Cuckoo’s speeds will be, but FTTP has the ability to beam the web into living rooms at over 10 times faster than the UK average.
While the speeds are yet to be announced, the company has confirmed that it will continue to offer monthly rolling contracts even with these vastly improved downloads.
That’s a big bonus. By comparison, Sky and Virgin both require their Full Fiber users to sign up for an 18-month deal where BT wants users to sign on the dotted line for two years.
Speaking of the update, Alexander Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Cuckoo Broadband, said: ISPreview: “From the very beginning, our mission has been to disrupt the broken broadband market, which is dominated by a large number of people robbing their customers. As part of our mission to make broadband simple, flexible and fair, we are now launching a super-fast full fiber connection for our customers. We are also the first ISP to offer full fiber on a monthly recurring contract, making broadband work for you, not the other way around.”
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