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Zen Internet has become the latest internet provider to introduce a range of ultrafast home broadband packages that use hybrid technology to deliver improved speeds to people's homes over existing infrastructure.

The Rochdale-based firm joins a small number of other companies, including BT and TalkTalk to offer the services, which can provide speeds of up to 300Mbps without the need to have a full fibre connection installed to a premises. notes that currently, around 1.1 million premises in the UK are able to receive solutions, which work in a similar way to more widespread fibre-to-the-cabinet solutions, where a fibre cable runs to a local cabinet, before the final delivery to the home is achieved using the existing copper telecoms cable.

However, Openreach has plans to greatly increase this coverage, with the infrastructure provider looking to connect 5.7 million premises with technology by 2020.

Zen Internet has introduced two new products. The first, its Unlimited Fibre 3 deal, offers average download speeds of 145Mbps and average upload speeds of 30Mbps, and costs £42 a month excluding line rental.

Meanwhile, the Unlimited Fibre 4 offering comes with average download speeds of 300Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps and will cost £49.99, again excluding line rental. Both deals also include a £55 one-off activation and installation charge.

You can add line rental to either deal for a further £10 a month. There is no obligation to have this included from Zen, but if you choose not to, you will need to secure this from a separate provider as it is a required part of the hybrid fibre connection.

Both deals are for a 12-month contract and also come with unlimited usage, a free AVM FRITZ!Box 3490 router, static IP address, and UK-based support, while Zen promises that the prices will be fixed for the full contract term. 

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