|Fibre on Demand phase 2 pilot locations|
|High Wycombe||Bristol South|
|St Agnes, Cornwall||Edinburgh Waverley|
|Cardiff Central||Manchester Central|
Pricing has been announced but the big caveat is that this only applies to the pilot and does not indicate actual launch pricing. The pilot will only offer one wholesale product, which is the 330 Mbps down, 30 Mbps up product at £38 per month and £500 connection cost (includes VAT), downgrades to slower/cheaper FTTP products will be available after the pilot.
Broadband providers will be able to place up to 100 orders, and initial acceptance does not guarantee acceptance onto the pilot, each order will be subject to survey. The low volume means that it is very likely providers will keep the testing to their own staff or offices, especially as of the six major providers BT Retail is the only one with a retail FTTP offering.
As things stand we are still looking for a Spring 2013 launch date for the Fibre on Demand service, with the likely connection costs meaning it will be most suited to the SME/homeworker market, rather than someone just looking for a slightly faster broadband connection. The launch will mean that around half the UK will suddenly have the option of a full fibre to the home/premises connection, abliet one where connection cost is a lot more than we are used to. The limits on broadband contract length imposed by Ofcom may preclude providers allowing customers to pay the high connection fee over a number of years.