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Vtesse Broadband bring next-generation broadband to Hertfordshire
Wednesday 07 July 2010 16:02:17 by John Hunt

Super-fast broadband is now available to two communities in Hertfordshire following the deployment of fibre to the area by Vtesse Broadband. Users in Birch Green and Hertingfordbury in Hertfordshire will be able to access broadband at speeds of up to 40Mbps. Five different products are available and details are available of these services on the new Vtesse Broadband website. Products start at £20 a month for an 'up to' 8Mbps service, and £30 for an up to 40Mbps product.

"I welcome the news that Vtesse Broadband is piloting super-fast broadband in the County via its fibre optic network to provide fast and reliable service in broadband poor-spots at Birch Green and Hertingfordbury. These are places some distance from their local telephone exchange and residents and homeworkers in those areas have endured the irritation of slow download speeds for too long. Action to improve speeds is good news."

Oliver Heald, Member of Parliament for East Hertfordshire

The service is being deployed using fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology with sub-loop unbundling enabling Vtesse to use the existing copper phone line to connect to the end users home. Vtesse are looking toward the future however and have plans to implement a fibre overlay network which would offer fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), granting faster speeds to users. A full fibre solution can be particularly good for users on long lines which can still be a problem at the green cabinet, with some served by Vtesse at around 3km still.


Vtesse Broadband cabinet and engineer next to rusting BT cabinet in Birch Green, Herfordshire

"As things stand today, it isn't economically viable to roll out super-fast broadband to much of the Final Third. The BT charges to other operators for sub-loop rental have not attracted regulatory scrutiny and are substantially higher than the equivalent full-loop charges, and the charges it applies to its own downstream business. There is substance to our ambition however and much will depend upon the speed at which telecoms regulator OFCOM drives down sub-loop and associated costs, and requires BT and other infrastructure owners to allow shared access to existing underground fibre optic ducts and over-ground telephone and electricity poles each of which could reduce costs and time to market. We think it is best to see what can be achieved by levelling the playing field before considering other Government intervention."

Aidan Paul, (Chief Executive) Vtesse Broadband

Vtesse Broadband have also introduced an option for users with poor performance to register with them which will allow them to gauge demand and guide future deployments of their network.

Comments

Posted by FibreGuy over 6 years ago
Great to see Aidan's team getting on with delivering Digital Britain in the so-called Final Third.

There are an increasing number of new entrants such as Vtesse into the market who are proving the assumptions of the Digital Britain Report to be pessimistic.

What would be helpful from government and regulators is neatly captured in the last sentence and a sentiment that we share at NextGenUs:

"We think it is best to see what can be achieved by levelling the playing field before considering other Government intervention.""
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"The BT charges to other operators......."

No need to say anymore.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
" and the charges it applies to its own downstream business" - not sure that makes any sense, as Openreach FTTC uses Openreach plant so there's no charging involved. Perhaps he means sub loop unbundling is more expensive than an FTTC VLAN connection, which it might be - anyone checked the price lists ?
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"£30 monthly rental
£45 setup fee
(£70 on 12 month contracts)"

so presumably standard contract is longer than 12 months. Also I presume this is a single ISP solution, how about the phone service ?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
congratulations to Vtesse, and good luck with the future fibre roll out. If we could just get a level playing field as you quite rightly say then this sort of service can be provided in all the areas the larger telcos turn their noses up at. keep rockin, power to the people.
Fibreguy, I think the government intervention is needed in the form of legislation not funding, it will do a lot more good, but this intervention has to happen before more can be done for the final third.
chris
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
A definitive list of 'final third' cabinets would be a good start.
Posted by Gamerwillz over 6 years ago
Congratulations to Vtesse, it's good to see fibre roll-out is getting ahead. I have just registered my interest in Vtesse broadband for my area.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
@herdwick

Skype?
Posted by EnglishRob over 6 years ago
This is good news. A friend of mine in Paignton is moving in to a new place at the weekend, he asked about broadband and he's about 4.15km from the exchange in a straight line (so no doubt his line length is much longer). I'll ask him to register his interest as Virgin don't cover his area and I doubt BT will provide FTTC anytime soon with him being out in the sticks (between Paignton and Totnes).
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