Claranet SOHO have announced a new fibre-to-the-cabinet offering aimed specifically at gamers which will offer "super fast ping rates" to those who opt for its service. It includes all the usual fibre-broadband offerings such as up to 40meg downstream speeds with a guaranteed download rate of 8meg at peak times. Upload speeds clock in at 2meg with an optional upgrade to 10meg for an additional £5 per month. Unlimited downloads are included but this is limited by the obligatory fair-usage policy. The special offer price costs £36 per month including VAT) on a 24 month contract, down from the usual price of £50 per month.
"On a personal note, before switching to FTTC, I would be constantly banging my head against the wall when playing online. The lag would often cause my game to stall, resulting in my untimely death! Since moving to fibre, I can happily play online, even when my wife and son are using the Internet. It makes sense that if I think FTTC is this good, that Claranet SOHO offers the service to other gamers across the UK."Jason Keen, (Director) Claranet SOHO
Claranet SOHO piggy back on parent company Claranet's network which is aimed largely at business users. This should mean that the service isn't swamped down at peak times which is often the case for large residential providers. This could be a key advantage to online gamers who are sensitive to packet loss and variance in latency.