Zen Internet has now launched its FTTC product range, with four products ranging in price from £30 a month to £65 a month. The Zen products are based around the BT Wholesale VDSL2 product, and show how far the provider has come in its 15 year history.
|Fibre Active||Fibre Pro||Fibre Office||Fibre Office Plus|
|Downstream Speed||Up to 40Mbps||Up to 40Mbps||Up to 40Mbps||Up to 40Mbps|
|Minimum Downstream Speed||8Mbps||8Mbps||12Mbps||12Mbps|
|Upstream Speed||Up to 2Mbps||Up to 2Mbps||Up to 10Mbps||Up to 10Mbps|
|Monthly Download Allowance||50GB||100GB||200GB||500GB|
|Monthly Price (ex VAT)||£30||£38||£55||£65|
All the products carry a 12 month contract. The availability checker on the Zen website has been updated to provide information on the availability of the FTTC product. It may be worth pointing out that to date, most speed estimates from the wholesale systems for the FTTC products are erring on the safe side, i.e. it is very likely that actual connection speeds will exceed the prediction.
While the XXL product from Virgin Media can beat FTTC on downstream speeds, for many home workers and small businesses a fast upstream to provide smooth remote access to machines, support for multiple VoIP lines and sending attachments can be more crucial. The 10Mbps upstream of FTTC beats the current 1.5Mbps of the Virgin Media product.
Zen is of course not the only provider of FTTC products, others are Andrews & Arnold, ADSL24, Aquiss, BT Infinity, Eclipse, Fast, IDNet, Vivaciti and Timico.
The price differential of around £10 a month to the Zen ADSL2+ products may seem a lot to some people, but when you consider back in 2001 a 0.5Meg connection (150GB allowance) was costing around £55 a month, and the same money (excluding inflation) now gets you a 200GB allowance with connection speeds up to 80 times faster.