UK Online who previously announced it was changing focus on its consumer broadband products has launched a range of 'professional' products that are aimed more at Home/Office use rather than the pure consumer market.
Three price points will be available, Lite at £14.99 for an up to 2Mbps service, Pro at £19.99 a month for an up to 8Mbps download speed and 768Kbps upstream service and Premier at £24.99 for an ADSL2+ up to 16Mbps download and 1Mbps upload service. All three packages are labelled as unlimited, though a fair use policy does apply. The contract is 12 months long and free support is available 24x7 via a freephone number. Premier also gives you a free domain name and static IP address which will appeal to people looking to host low traffic services on their connection.
The maximum speed advertised for the Premier product is actually less than the 22Mbps UK Online used to advertise. At this time it is not clear whether the 16Mbps connection speed exists as a hard cap, or whether those closest to the exchange will be allowed to run faster. Existing UK Online customers will remain on their current packages, so even if the new service does have a 16Mbps cap they should be unaffected.