BT Infinity Option 3, the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) product that is the BT Retail offering to utilise the Openreach FTTH roll-out has launched with a price of £35 a month.
The Openreach FTTH roll-out is relatively limited at this time, but coverage is expanding. People in Highams Park and Leytonstone in London, Ilford in Essex, Ashford in Middlesex, Forest Hill, Chester, York, St. Austell and Exeter will have access to the service.
The Infinity Option 3 product from BT Retail offers 100 Mbps downstream and 15 Mbps upstream and the monthly fee of £35 (18 month contract) includes unlimited evening and weekend calls, unlimited usage and a free connection. The router supplied is the Home Hub 3, with the engineer who visits to install the last few metres of fibre, including an Openreach fibre termination device. There are no changes to the Infinity Option 1 and Option 2 products which continue to be based around the Openreach fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) products, though we expect price announcements for the up to 80 Mbps variants to follow in the next couple of months.
BT Retail has some 300,000 people on its fibre products, which makes it the largest fibre based provider after Virgin Media with its fibre to the node, cable architecture. While we have seen some broadband users not bother with upgrading to FTTC, in areas where FTTH is available the reliability and the removal of line length affecting your speeds make FTTH much more attractive. The full fibre solution is also immune to the sort of radio frequency (RF) noise that can mean your ADSL/ADSL2+/VDSL2 sits resyncing when your neighbours security light flickers on at night.
The Openreach FTTH product will be available from other providers in the same way that the FTTC product is, BT Retail are the first to announce their product.