While Zen Internet is not going to challenge the biggest providers on price, a key point of its £3.5 million investment to increase core infrastructure to cover some 270 exchange locations will allow the operator a lot more freedom with its fibre products that are based around the Openreach GEA product range.
"Fibre is the future and feedback from our customers confirms that fibre optic broadband performance transforms their Internet experience, not just by making their service faster, but by enabling them to try new applications that might previously have been out of reach. We believe that we have the strongest portfolio of Fibre Optic Broadband services in the UK, having worked with BT since the initial fibre optic broadband trials."Richard Tang, Managing Director, Zen
270 exchange locations may sound very small, but with the Openreach fibre handover nodes generally concentrated in the larger exchanges the number of premises covered can be significant and Zen estimates the 270 nodes will cover some six million premises. The current fibre optic (FTTC) services sold by Zen Internet are based on the BT Wholesale WBC platform, but by moving to their own hardware at the exchange level a whole new range of options become possible, including an unlimited service on some products and more freedom to compete on price.
We did ask about Fibre on Demand and beyond Zen confirming they have been taking part in the trials it is very much a case of watch this space.