The launch of the up to 80 Mbps (VDSL2 profile 17a) service from Openreach has been well signposted, so it is with no surprise that we learn that the full product will launch on 10th April 2012.
"We said we would double fibre speeds by this Spring and this is exactly what we have done. This is a significant milestone both for Openreach's fibre network and for broadband speeds in the UK. The faster speeds will be available in a month's time and so it is now up to broadband providers to decide how and when they offer these faster speeds to their customers. The platform is there and we are confident there will be demand for these enhanced services."Mike Galvin, Openreach MD of Network Investment
The Openreach fibre services (FTTC & FTTP) are available to some seven million premises across the UK, and this doubling of the headline speeds will do a lot to move the UK up the league tables that matter so much to some people. While the headline speeds are doubling, we should point out that not all FTTC customers will see their speeds double, your actual connection speed is dependent on the length of the metal telephone wires between you and the fibre cabinet.Additionally as with other countries around the world, as the bottleneck that was the local loop is slowly lifted, people discover that the quality of the connection the service they are accessing in a data centre becomes critical.
The 80/20 product carries a monthly price premium of £3.05 over the slowest FTTC 40/2 service for the Openreach component, but for those seeking the best peak time performance, this extra price does give you a prioritisation rate of 30 Mbps versus the old 15 Mbps if Openreach experience network congestion in a local area.
The Openreach product comes with a satisfaction guarantee too. If within 90 days of the installation of a line, the service service does not achieve 50% of the predicted speed at the time of sale, then refunds of the connection fee, rental and cease charges will be made to the broadband provider, if the service is ceased.