Some 300 homes that will form the first wave of building at Ebbsfleet Valley are to be offered the chance to take part in the Fibre to the Premises/Home (FTTP/H) trial BT is running. As part of this trial BT proposes offering those homes their telephone line rental at a reduced rate.
Broadband trials have often in the past featured reduced rental costs. Things differ though for voice products as BT has a Universal Service Obligation with respect to voice products, to this extent it is having to ask permission from Ofcom to go ahead with reduced rental. Ofcom has started a consultation period so that interested parties can respond, this period runs until 10th July 2008.
Ofcom is recommending that BT be allowed to go ahead with the trial pricing, particularly as it is only for 300 homes and for a limited period. Offering people reduced rental costs is likely to increase the take-up of the service and thus get better feedback on what people like or don't like about the service.
Rough pricing has been announced by BT Wholesale for its broadband service trial at Ebbsfleet. These prices are purely indicative at this time.
|Product||Connection fee||Monthly fee|
|2.5Mbps down / 0.5Mbps up||£80||18.54|
|10Mbps down / 2Mbps up||£130||21.45|
|10Mbps down / 2Mbps up, burst to 30Mbps for downloads||£130||23.45|
|10Mbps down / 2Mbps up, burst to 100Mbps for downloads||£130||28.45|
The product range reflects what may be a more realistic way of describing products, i.e. by naming what speed should be possible for sustained periods of time, and the maximum speed you may get at times. How often people at Ebbsfleet will see 100Mbps speeds depends on how much capacity is available to link the site to the broadband providers, and how much capacity they have out to the Internet.