IDnet are the latest ISP to announce they are selling up-to 40Mbps fibre broadband products using BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet service. 32 exchanges are currently active with fibre run to road side cabinets where VDSL2 equipment is connected to phone lines, but this is set to increase to 66% coverage by 2015. The IDnet fibre coverage checker will tell you if you can receive the service, or an estimated date of when your area will be enabled, if available.
Both Home products and Business products are available with the cheapest being Home Start Fibre at £24.99 per month (£22.91 per month if bought annually), including 15GB peak time allowance (9am - midnight) and 45GB offpeak. The highest usage aimed at home users is the Home SuperPro Fibre which includes 400GB a month (80GB peak) for £46.99. A minimum 12 month contract and a connection charge of £47 apply.
For those looking for an unlimited download allowance product, the Business packages offer an option for this at £99.50 per month with an SLA guaranteeing a fix within 24 hours. All business and home fibre products offer a download speed of up-to 40meg and upload speeds of up-to 10meg.
"We see great future upgrade potential for this service. There are several parallels with the early roll-out of standard ADSL in the UK: installation is only carried-out by a qualified BT engineer using a BT-supplied modem (the modem handles the VDSL signal so an Ethernet PPPoE router is also required, which we can supply). Early BT ADSL installations were limited to 0.5Mbps (and then increased to 1, 2, 8 and 24Mbps variants). The Fibre Broadband service is currently limited to 40Mbps but the VDSL2 standard allows for connection speeds all the way up to 100Mbps (distance dependant). Already BT have announced an upgrade due in the Summer to increase the upload speed to 15Mbps and a new repair service aimed at fixing faults within just 7 hours (compared to 20 or 40 hours currently). These factors together with the relatively low cost make the service an attractive alternative for businesses who now rely on Internet access as a critical service."Simon Davies, (Director) IDnet