The date for when the new FTTP 330 Mbps product trial starts from Openreach has previously been announced as 11th June. The Openreach price lists have updated now to provide some pricing information, though it should be remembered these prices only cover getting the data from the home to the exchange where the data is handed over to BT Wholesale or your LLU provider. Crucially to ensure reasonable levels of early adoption there is an offer that will run from 11th June to 31st January 2013.
|Prices as of 11th June 2012 (per month, ex VAT)|
|Product||Standard Price||Offer Price|
|Up to 330 Mbps / 20 Mbps||£24.61||£15.61|
|Up to 330 Mbps / 30 Mbps||£51.61||n/a|
What jumps out immediately is the difference in the standard price between the 20 Mbps and 30 Mbps upload variants, an extra £27 a month to get the fastest upload speeds. The £80 activation still applies, which is actually very low considering previous reports were that each install including get the fibre the last few metres to the outside wall of a premise took around seven hours.
A big advantage to the full fibre service is that it removes any of the problems that can arise from radio frequency interference and the variability in the local loop speed that forms part of the 'up to' clause is removed. This does not remove the need for 'up to' in advertising, since the actual speeds users experience from their home to the data server in some distant data centre will still vary based on many factors.