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Openreach drops prices of middle mile Ethernet connectivity
Monday 24 November 2008 12:27:46 by Andrew Ferguson

Openreach has announced a range of price changes aimed at reducing the costs of moving the ever increasing amounts of electronic data around the country.

The changes will take effect immediately for new and existing orders, with current customers seeing their rentals change from 1st February 2009. The products seeing their price go down are Openreach's WES, WEES and BES products, they are commonly used to provide middle mile connectivity, e.g. corporate LANs and linking up mobile base stations so don't expect to see consumer broadband prices dropping.

The summary of the price changes is as follows:

  • BES 1Gb product connection reduced by up to 62% and rental by up to 31%.
  • WES/WEES 100Mb Local Access reduced to the same price as 10Mb Local Access for both connection and rental, representing a reduction of up to 43% for connection and up to 14% for rental.
  • BES 100Mb reduced to the same price as BES 10Mb for connection and rental, representing a reduction of up to 65% for connection and up to 26% for rental.

The full press release can be read in the news area of the BT.com website. WES stands for Wholesale Extension Services, and the product description pages are on Openreach.co.uk, the full range of products affected is also on the Openreach site.

To put some figures on these changes, the Wholesale Extension Services Local Access 100Mbps Managed product currently costs £3,398 to install and £3,072 per year to rent, with the new prices it will drop to around £2650 per year for the rental. For those thinking that this is cheap for a 100Mbps link, remember that this does not include any 'internet' connectivity.

Comments

Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
Sounds good, I'm sure someone will find a reason to moan about it though.
Posted by bosie over 8 years ago
I wonder if this will allow companies such as edgetelecom rolling out Ethernet to the premises?

http://bbs.adslguide.org.uk/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=otherbb&Number=3439840&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=31&fpart=
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"...£3,072 per year to rent, with the new prices it will drop to around £2650 per year for the rental. For those thinking that this is cheap for a 100Mbps link, remember that this does not include any 'internet' connectivity."

Woooo a saving of 30 odd quid a month, just enough for them to connect up to some upto 8Mb goodness..... Lucky them LOL
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
Actually £35 a month. Whatever you may think, a 14% reduction in cost is welcomed by most. Wern't you the one who said a 11% drop in profits wasn't good, so to see a 14% drop in costs must be better right? Or are the percentages only acceptable if they favor your anti-BT rhetoric...


...who knows maybe next year we'll see another 14% price reduction in something else, all adds up, if they didn't bother we'd all be seeing 512kps ADSL at £50 a month still...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Actually £35 a month. Whatever you may think, a 14% reduction in cost...."

I really cant believe how you think this so called price drop makes a damn bit of difference to the services they are for.
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
regardless, 14% is 14%. Would you rather Openreach have just chosen to keep it? and if there are further price reductions planned in future should they not bother with that as well since people like you won't appreciate it?

Thankfully I doubt they care what you think and are only intrested in making the package as competitive as possible.

That said I think you'd be pleased if the gov reduced your income tax by 14%...
Posted by rogan8 over 8 years ago
LLU operators like Be/O2 probably have 100's of these circuits so the amount saved could be significant, as well as the savings to corporates and Local Government Authourities that make use of them.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Thankfully I doubt they care what you think and are only intrested in making the package as competitive as possible."

Ah so you work for part of BT group?
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
How does that quote mean I work for BT group? If I had said 'we' instead of 'they' maybe - reaching as usual I see...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Must be a shareholder then
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
*yawn*
Posted by partymarty over 8 years ago
"That said I think you'd be pleased if the gov reduced your income tax by 14%... "

The amount of time CB spends on this forum, not working 14% wouldn't be much for him haha.
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