The cost of installing fibre to the premises (FTTP) is often quoted at as much as £1,000 per property. Residents in Bournemouth in the area where the Fibrecity network is to be deployed will be receiving a letter giving them a 28-day window to indicate that they would like Fibrecity to connect their home to the fibre network for free with no obligation to take any actual service.
"Your home has been chosen to become part of this Fibrecity, and as the home owner we need your permission to connect your home. This work will be completed free of charge and all you need to do is opt in by:
- Filling in the tear off slip below
- Visiting www.fibrecity.eu
The way we will install your connection does not take long and opting in does not obligate you to use the services that will be available via this connection, however, being connected will give you the ability to 'switch on' should you or future residents want to benefit from having this ultra high speed connectivity."Extract from letter to residents of Bournemouth
The timing is a bit unfortunate as many people will be away on their summer holiday, but a 28 day window for replying means most people should have time to reply to the letter. With broadband becoming more and more part of daily life and more of an essential than a luxury, accepting the offer to install the fibre even if you would personally not use it makes some sense. In a couple of years properties for rent or sale in Bournemouth without fibre connectivity may find they are at a disadvantage over other 'fibre enabled' premises.
Fibrecity uses the fibre via the sewer route employed by H2O Networks, and so should avoid a lot of the road works that signalled the original cable network roll-outs. At present no prices or service tiers can be given for the residential fibre services, as the network will be provided wholesale to service providers who will then specify the range of services and pricing.