The slow change for Orange fixed line broadband customers is progressing with Everything Everywhere announcing their new fibre broadband prices, with Orange customers having to switch to EE if they want to remain loyal when switching to fibre based broadband.
|Product||Technology||Download speed||Usage Allowance||Monthly Price|
|Line rental is £14 extra|
|Broadband + offpeak calls||ADSL2+||Up to 14 Mbps||Unlimited||£5|
|Broadband + anytime calls||ADSL2+||Up to 14 Mbps||Unlimited||£10|
|Broadband + anytime + mobile calls||ADSL2+||Up to 14 Mbps||Unlimited||£15|
|Fibre + offpeak calls||FTTC||Up to 38 Mbps||40GB||£15|
|Fibre + offpeak calls||FTTC||Up to 38 Mbps||Unlimited||£20|
|Fibre offpeak calls||FTTC||Up to 76 Mbps||Unlimited||£25|
ASDL2+ services have a 12 month contract, with the fibre based products carrying a longer 18 month contract term. The fibre broadband service has a promotion running till 30th November 2012, where the connection fee is half-price (£35). There is no information on the upload speeds, but seeing as the 40/2 service from Openreach is likely to be phased out in 2013, we assume EE is using the 40/10 product on its baseline service.
One potential area of confusion is the EE website insisting on a capitalisation throughout, that means some consumers may think its broadband speeds are Mega Bytes per Second when they are not - they are the standard Mega bits per second.
In terms of availability of the FTTC services, as EE are utilising the BT Wholesale network, their fibre services will be available to all those addresses where BT Infinity is also sold, and by not using LLU should avoid some of the delays that have hit Sky and TalkTalk in linking their unbundled hardware to the new fibre kit in some exchanges.