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Plusnet announces extension to full fibre trials
Tuesday 24 January 2012 14:11:36 by Andrew Ferguson

Plusnet has via its community blog issued on an update on the ongoing fibre trials. The FTTC service has been available for some time, with the full fibre (Fibre to the Premises - FTTH/P) available on a trial basis. More triallists are sought and the update sets out what the package options will be. The fastest option is the Plusnet Extra Fibre 100 Mbps service that will cost £34.49 a month.

The 100 Mbps service has limited availability due to Openreach being behind schedule on adding new areas, but if you live in the lucky parts of Bradwell Abbey, Highams Park, Chester South, York, Ashford (Middlesex), Ilford Central, St Austell, Forest Hill, Leytonstone or Exeter you may be able to get the product. The best checker to look for presence of the fibre variants is the BT Wholesale checker.

  • Plusnet Extra Fibre 100 Mbps - £34.49 per month
    • 100 Mbps download, 15 Mbps upload, only FTTP
    • 18 month contract, no change for existing customers
    • 120GB usage allowance, midnight to 8am is unmetered.
    • Supplied with free 4 port wireless router (ZyXEL NBG4604)
    • Free activation, includes engineer visit
  • Plusnet Extra Fibre 40 Mbps - £21.49 per month
    • 40 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload, available to both FTTP and FTTC customers
    • 18 month contract, no change for existing customers
    • 120GB usage allowance, midnight to 8am is unmetered.
    • Supplied with free 4 port wireless router (Netgear WNR1000)
    • £2 option, boosts upload to 10Mbps
    • Free activation, includes engineer visit
  • Plusnet Value Fibre 40 Mbps - £16.49 per month
    • 40 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload, available to both FTTP and FTTC customers
    • 18 month contract, no change for existing customers
    • 40GB usage allowance, midnight to 8am is unmetered.
    • Supplied with free 4 port wireless router (Netgear WNR1000)
    • £2 option, boosts upload to 10Mbps
    • Free activation, includes engineer visit

For those where FTTC is the available product do bear in mind that the connection speed will vary according to the line distance between your property and the street cabinet. The checkers should give an estimate of the possible speed, and for the majority of people this is a conservative estimate, unlike the ADSL and ADSL2+ estimates that tended to over estimate potential speeds.

For those current Plusnet FTTP trial customers reading this, they don't have to take one of the three products above, they can stay on their existing trial price point for as long as they wish. The package options apply to new people onto the trial.

Much of the work to offer up to 80 Mbps speeds to FTTC customers is done, and Plusnet is planning an open 80 Mbps download, 20 Mbps upload trial in early February 2012. A small trial has ran over the last couple of weeks, with promising results speed wise. The FTTP customers also have a 330 Mbps trial to look forward to later in 2012.

Update 25th January 2012: Plusnet has been in touch to ask us to emphasis that the packages apply only to the trials which are expanding, and do not represent a launch package. Details of launch date and pricing will be announced in the future. As comments to the original item pointed out some view the 120GB allowance as too small, and that is what trials will help providers to understand, the usage patterns and aspirations for people on the faster products.


Posted by doowles over 5 years ago
120gb usage allowance on Full fibre to the home???

What a joke....
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Usage does not follow linear or logarithmic scale as line speed increases. It is all down to the habits of the actual users.

Some households may jump from say 5GB usage to 200GB usage when going from ADSL2+ to FTTC/P but that would be very rare. More likely that those using 100GB will simply be those using 180GB after upgrades.

Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
Exeter leading the way for Devon. Strange how the County Council are based there. Nothing else in the Devon County Council area as regards superfast fibre broadband. Strange that. There will be nothing for Tavistock, West Devon even with so called mickey mouse government funding...
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
I guess there could be a novelty value of seeing what the connection can do and eating up your allowance that way. Alternatively people could slowly discover more uses for greater speed over time. Either way given the pricing it doesn't seem so bad for a basic service.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
"120gb usage allowance on Full fibre to the home???"

Yep.. not good but I guess its reflected in the price, Karoo's is 48 notes a month with a 600Gb usage allowance

Plusnet could do with a more expensive fair usage product IMO
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Recall Gigaclear of Hambleton is £50 for 100GB, but that is the cost for a rural location with commercial roll out... they need to make their money back.
Posted by jeep over 5 years ago
Devon - anything south & including Exeter ?, at least plusnet are another operator offering a service dare say pricing etc will change if & when more isp"s offer products in those areas.Pity the government couldnt assist more with funding seeing they are putting funds into a "high speed" rail network from birmingham to london, yet existing rail network is is still cryin out for more investment due to its age etc.Srry if this seems off topic but i think there is an irony here.
Posted by rizla over 5 years ago
I think 120GB is probably a little low.

As a family we average about 100GB/month on ADSL2+ and streaming is an increasingly large part of that. With FTTC/P I could see a 50% increase being entirely possible.

I think 250GB/month for £25-35 will turn out to be the "sweet spot" for most people.
Posted by Kr1s69 over 5 years ago
Its worth noting that plusnet have detailed traffic management policies during 8am to midnight, so you can't download all 120GB in one go even if you tried. I've not looked at the FTTP info but with FTTC some of the limits are as low as 512kbit/s.
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
gman99 you are talking as if evryone has deep pockets. you want people to pay more? bet you wouldn't complain if it was a BT price list
Posted by Firefalcon over 5 years ago
I can burn 120gb in legitimate traffic via steam/xboxlive/etc if you give me more speed i'll use it to the full extent, i'm not going to wait till midnight to download a game i just bought off steam.
Posted by davolente over 5 years ago
I'm on their "value" FTTC (£16.49). Had it installed as soon as BT got their act together with the new fibre cabinets around these parts and it looks to be good value for money so far. Certainly beats the hell out of the lousy one meg (on a good day) I was getting on the crummy old existing 80's analogue lines that appeared to get back to the exchange via the pretty route!
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
These packages are restricted and bettered by BT.
Plusnet 40Gb of 40Mbps £16.49. BT £18.00.
Plusnet 120Gb of 100Mbps £34.99 BT £35 for UNLIMITED!
Add to that the extras the pretenders usually charge, such as routers, activation and caller display, I know who I would rather be with.
Posted by t22design over 5 years ago
18 month contract. No thanks.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
What are you on about creaky? A proper FTTH product with no usage limit should be priced accordingly are you for real? Putting out a product like that very cheap could force all other products down in price meaning less revenue and less to invest. If you hadn't noticed broadband in the UK is already one of the cheapest in the world in comparison its also one of the most complained about in terms of lack of investment, you can't have it both ways.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Yes I would complain if its BT (its actually pseudo BT anyway, they own plusnet) BT had a 300Gb unwritten limit per month which they've since binned.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@TavistockSFB01822:It's always been that way. I lived there back in the late 70s/early 80s and they had their own reservoir built. My parents would be watering the garden with a hosepipe while furious visitors drove in from the parched Devon countryside.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
What would be nice is for companies to offer another layer to the product.
You can choose an unlimited product with traffic shaping or something like 250GB unregulated, with additional premiums for more GB blocks.

There is a need for some form of price to service system. Minimal margins would mean there'll be a lack of capital for core network upgrades to cope with rising demands.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Is the phone line charge on top of those prices?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Plusnet as a subsidiary of BT will have line rental on top of those figures.
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
Why not just go to BT proper as PNare strangled by BT anyway and cannot be allowed to offer the same for less. I know people moan about the 18 month contract, but others & PN are following and you have to have a line, so I don't see a problem.
The comparison on copper is the same. PN unlimited + anytime calls and caller display on Market 1 £42.48p - BT £44.89 with free activation, router and unlimited Wi-Fi minutes.
Soon it will be just BT (who don't ban you from a forum for making a point) and LLU.
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
We used roughly 20GB/month before swapping to fibre, which is now in the region of 40-60GB (of the 120GB "extra" allowance), but I do a lot more speed testing now too.

On top of that, we also use about half of those numbers in the overnight "off-peak" unmetered allowance.

It seems wise to expect that your usage is going to increase 50%-100%, and that you will stream more video. That was the outcome of their FTTC trials - and the 120GB allowance limit was set as a result of their experience of the trials.
Posted by WWWombat over 5 years ago
@m0aur asks "why not just go to BT proper"

We don't use the max limit, know our usage (and do not have an irrational fear of the usage limits), so welcome Plusnet's limits: The presence of good controls means the quality of *my* connection isn't going to be badly affected by oiks who don't care about their impact on the system as a whole. I'm happy for a different ISP to scoop those accounts up, and then to start applying unwritten traffic management to their activities.

On Market 3, it is also cheaper. I see no evidence that PN are strangled by BT.

I'm quite comfortable with my choice.
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
The fact that some of us may wish to fully exploit the digital age without staying up all night to do it within limits, does not constitute "an irrational fear of usage limits".
I also see little evidence of "Honest Broadband" from a provider that pretends it offers no unlimited service (BT strangulation), charges different rates depending upon exchange status, or slip us an extra fiver and you can have full speed (Stuff the rest).
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
nikki was right, pointless. while you're on here
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
not only is the usage allowance low but the upload speeds are shocking.
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