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Vtesse Broadband launch Fibre-to-the-Home in Broughton
Tuesday 11 January 2011 11:09:14 by John Hunt

Gigabit capable broadband is live in Broughton, near Huntingdon thanks to the launch of Vtesse Broadband's new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service. The first customers are live and the roll out is continuing to other residents. Using the terminology coined by the government, Vtesse have installed a 'digital village pump' which is connected to their multi gigabit fibre backbone network through underground fibres, and customers are connected to this to provide service.

Vtesse Digital Village Pump

"Vtesse has provided us with an impressively fast and consistent service, which is a huge step forward for us. For years we have treated our use of the internet as a necessary evil, often waiting minutes on dial-up for simple page updates that may or may not complete. Streaming services or anything requiring large downloads were effectively unavailable to us. With the new service, everything becomes pretty much instantaneous, letting us focus on the content rather than the frustration that our old service delivered. Well done Vtesse!"

Nick Moulton, Broughton resident

Homes are being connected through overhead fibre cables which are being laid on new poles being installed by Vtesse. In time, they should be able to re-utilise those used by power companies or BT to provide service but Ofcom are still working through the process of making this happen.

"Broughton was chosen as it lies close to one of Vtesse's arterial fibre optic routes, making the cost of bringing fibre to the community acceptable. Our community fibre distribution model uses telephone poles to carry dedicated fibres from our local broadband exchange directly to each home. There is no fibre sharing and every connected home has a dedicated fibre service. With the unlimited capacity that fibre offers we are able to offer our Broughton customers services that range from an entry level 10Mbit/second through to a world beating symmetric1,000 Mbit/second (a.k.a. 1 Gigabit/second). We think that the combination of fibre overhead pole delivery to consumer premises and gigabit speeds is a UK first."

Aidan Paul, (Chief Executive) Vtesse

The service is priced at £25 per month for a 10Mbps connection and £55 for 100Mbps. Gigabit is an option but Vtesse see this more as a future upgrade for users as current pricing would mark this very expensive.

Comments

Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
thats cool, never heard this was happening, only up the road too.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
It was announced last year

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/4308-fibre-broadband-is-coming-to-broughton-near-huntingdon.html
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"We think that the combination of fibre overhead pole delivery to consumer premises and gigabit speeds is a UK first."

probably true, though VM beat them with the overhead pole delivery.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
@herdwick Virgin over poles was trials and I think probably coax rather than fibre? Of course, BT beat everyone in pole delivery.. :-)
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Looks good, what's the installation cost?
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
VM was a trial but was fibre - RFoG with optical splitter.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
Congratulations to JFDI Aidan and Vtesse. Proud of you guys.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Good per month prices and yes install prices would be good

"Broughton was chosen as it lies close to one of Vtesse's arterial fibre optic routes, making the cost of bringing fibre to the community acceptable." And that's the bit that means those prices probably won't be the same elsewhere because of the backhaul costs.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
They have an FUP regarding usage, big red flag right there.

(www.vtessebroadband.co.uk)
Posted by _TRIaXOR_ over 6 years ago
Quote vtesse="Excessive network usage

There is no limit on the monthly network usage. However if we feel that your activities are so excessive that other customers are detrimentally affected, we may give you a written notice (by email or otherwise) requiring you to amend your usage. In extreme circumstances, if the levels of activity do not immediately decrease after the notice, we may terminate or suspend your Service."

Pretty much the same as any ISP *shrug*
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Good stuff. Let's hope this continues. Who knows London may start seeing significant FTTP once large swathes of rural Britain have it.
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
the UK is backwards, low populated rural areas getting better connectivity than inner cities.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
inner cities are not vibrant residential markets though, and wouldn't be happy with poles popping up. Mind you could string fibre along the walls or through cellars (COLT did the latter).
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Six months from the original story posting - seems like an excessively long time to install a single cabinet / "pump" and start connecting a few properties?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
6 months is quick, compare to sewer fibre and also the Digital Region scheme.

Parts of London may be relatively easy to fibre up, and any new tower block should hopefully have service ducting that fibre tubes can be put into. The issue with London is the wide mix of housing stock in the same street.
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
herdwick any other countries that rollout to low populated outside city areas before cities?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
New_Londoner, I think 6 months is good going. If they had waited for BT they would have been waiting for infinity, like the rest of the population in rural areas, and its something they will never get from the incumbent. At least here is another community with a futureproof connection not just a quick fix cabinet into copper phone lines. I think they are a lucky lot. To think they can easily upgrade when they want faster speeds and aren't stuck on a phone line. Mega.
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Interesting to know whether the network provide a choice of service providers or will this be another micro monopoly?
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