Following on from the announcement last week of BT's 40meg fibre optic broadband based on fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology, business pricing has been released today for the equivalent to the residential services.
As expected, the prices are a bit higher than the consumer options. The basic package offers 40Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps upload speeds, with a change from the consumer based product being a guaranteed stable connection of 12Mbps throughput. Pricing is £30 per month (ex-VAT) with a one-off £75 connection charge. The 'plus' package has the higher 10Mbps upload speed and also includes priority fault resolution. Both options include an unlimited usage allowance, but are subject to a fair usage policy. Pricing is based on a 24-month contract. A 12-month option is available but costs an extra £5 per month. More details available on the BT business broadband website. As always with DSL based products, speeds come with an 'up to' qualification and will vary depending on the distance to the cabinet which serves your phone line.
Further details for the fair usage policy are now available for the consumer packages. The 'unlimited' package is subject to network management which means that if you are a very heavy user, BT will "significantly" reduce speeds at peak times (usually between 5pm and midnight, but they are subject to loading on the network). This is designed to protect the network from particularly heavy users generating a poor service for everyone else. Full details of the fair usage policy can be read at the BT website.