BT partners with Google to include Stadia in broadband deals

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Telecomms provider BT has announced a deal with Google to include the new Stadia cloud gaming service in certain broadband packages. 

BT, the biggest internet service provider in the UK, is planning to offer a free Google Stadia Premiere Edition to customers who opt for the company’s Superfast Broadband 2, Ultrafast Fibre 100, or Ultrafast Fibre 250 services. 

The deal with Google comes swiftly after the web giant promised more than 120 new games in 2020 for Stadia, including 10 exclusives. There are currently 26 games available.

The recommended minimum bandwidth for Google Stadia 4k streaming is 35Mbps but the vast majority of the UK will only be able to access the basic “Superfast Fibre 2” service from BT, offering average download speeds of 67Mbps.

BT’s Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) packages are still being rolled out to homes, and the company expects to offer average download speeds of 145Mbps and 300Mbps through its two “Ultrafast” deals to 12 million homes this year. They will compensate customers if they drop below 100Mbps on the FTTP services. 

In the coming months, alongside support for more Android phones and wireless gameplay on the web with the Stadia controller, Google will be adding 4k streaming to the cloud gaming service.