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Plusnet are going 'beta' on fibre broadband products
Wednesday 26 January 2011 12:31:03 by John Hunt

With over 600 customers connected and over 100 orders in progress, Plusnet are closing the 'first phase' of their FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) trial. Feedback has reportedly been very helpful in working out issues and problems. Plusnet are now going to proceed with the next stage of the trial which is a beta roll out.

The fibre beta trial will be available to all existing customers on the Value, Extra and Pro products for an additional £12 per month, if you live in a FTTC enabled area. Those on an older package will need to switch to one of Value, Extra or Pro to take part in the trial. It is recommended that users select the Extra option as it has a higher usage limit. On average, customers have been using around 40% more usage on FTTC, likely due to more Internet use, or taking advantage of higher quality video such as watching iPlayer in HD.

Users can sign up to the trial at and there is a dedicated forum for any questions on the Plusnet community site.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
it isn't fibre broadband. its copper broadband from a cabinet. just sayin.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
just like Virgin's fibre broadband is coax from a cabinet. The ASA failed on that front.
Posted by AndrueC over 6 years ago
Even an ADSL connection is 99% fibre if you measure the full route from customer to ISP :D

But yeah it's annoying that 'fibre broadband' is being allowed.
Posted by kasg over 6 years ago
An extra £12 a month? That's going to have to come down quite a bit before I'm interested (not that I'm FTTC enabled just yet).
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
shutup cyberdoyle, we know. You're really clutching at straws with that argument.
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
The adage, "you get what you pay for" comes to mind. As a comprison fibre broadband in Paris costs 30-35 euros per month, so £25-30 seems a reasonable price a fibre connection.
Posted by kasg over 6 years ago
Bob Pullen did comment on the Community Forum that it cost Plusnet £13 a month wholesale, so I guess I shouldn't complain.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

You stfu, cyberdole is right for exposing it for what it really is.
Posted by tonylee000 over 6 years ago
@Otester what it really is? Really? It's fiber to the cabinet, not to the home, makes it mostly fibre and resulting in much faster internet right? That's not a copper network.

'just sayin'
Posted by c_j_ over 6 years ago
Technically speaking the delivered service is called VDSL isn't it? Certainly calling it "fibre broadband" wouldn't appear to be "honest and truthful", as per one-time ASA requirements, but courtesy of Ofcon everyone else is getting away with it...
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Of course a copper ethernet cable connecting a PC to a FTTP router means the user is not getting the benefits of a full fibre connection.
Posted by BigRedBall over 6 years ago
"On average, customers have been using around 40% more usage on FTTC, likely due to more Internet use,"

More Internet use? What else would it be?
Posted by dustofnations over 6 years ago
@Somerset, oh come on you know that is a bit facetious. Comparing short length shielded cabling in a low-noise environment that is specifically designed for carrying digital data, versus large numbers of tightly bundled phone cables over a long distance, in a noise-hostile environment. (And yes you can get unshielded Ethernet cables but the speed and/or range drops massively in noisy environments).
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
@otester the ASA have much more authority making an OFFICIAL ruling. Any opinion on what you think it is, your welcome to it, but remember, what you say, IS NOT FACT!
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Fine, then I have FTTE (Fibre to the Exchange).

Posted by WalterWillcox over 6 years ago
There is a significant, but BT unpublished number, of aluminum alloy twisted pairs to add to the copper birds-nest of differing diameters.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
lol, here she is with her copper slating. Its name is as correct or incorrect as Virgin's Fibre broadband.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
....and... your only jealous :) I know I am.. I'd love FTTC to come to town
Posted by AspieMum over 6 years ago
FTTC would probably help people in my area if we could get it if I understand FTTC properly (which means its fibre to a local cabinat that might be on your street or estate if I'm understanding it correctly). Being 1.9 miles from the exchange all we can get is 1.5MB. That said we aren't likely to be on any companies' lists of exchanges to upgrade. Its technically a rural exchange but in an area too close to a city and a town to be truely rural. I'd like to be able to get the likes of 8MB without it costing a small fortune. That's a speed some people would call too slow and complain about.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Assuming you don't have an aluminium line, the 1.5Mb is your fault.

Fix your router/ISP/wiring.
Posted by KarlAustin over 6 years ago
Depends if that's 1.9 distance or 1.9m line length.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"Being 1.9 miles from the exchange all we can get is 1.5MB" - I've seen more 4 miles from the exchange. Sounds like it needs fixing.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
AspieMum - have you looked at your wiring, is the router on the master socket?
Posted by elder666 over 6 years ago
I'm with BT VDSL, if you have anything less than wirless N equipment you'll not get the high speeds either. had to upgrade to wireless adapters to get 20Mbps download speeds, on wireless G I got 2-6 mbps. Of course BT recommend hardwire connection to the router which gives me 30Mbps downloads ;-)
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