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Zen Internet to lever cost savings with increased exchange presence
Thursday 09 May 2013 18:16:57 by Andrew Ferguson

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.

Comments

Posted by bigbadpirate over 4 years ago
sorry been watching too much of "the valleys"
Posted by chrysalis over 4 years ago
so whats the list of exchanges?
Posted by mabibby over 4 years ago
The current fibre optic (FTTC) services "s"old by Zen.....

Typo!
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
http://www.zen.co.uk/about-us/our-network.aspx#pops <-Map
Posted by driz over 4 years ago
was going to move to aaisp, but looks like my exchange is on that list. might have to wait a couple of weeks.
Posted by driz over 4 years ago
list<->map... details, details! :)
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
the map is interactive
Posted by ajays over 4 years ago
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=http:%2F%2Fwww.zen.co.uk%2Fuserfiles%2Fxml%2Fexchange-rollout.xml&hl=en&sll=53.706943,-2.322066&sspn=8.784364,23.269043&t=m&z=6
Posted by Ardua over 4 years ago
Worcester St Peters is mainly residential. What does this announcement mean for Zen customers who are not served by a POP exchange?
Posted by chrysalis over 4 years ago
thanks herdwick, seems leics is hooked up then, interesting. Zen are now back on my possible choice of provider list if these new products are more realistically priced than their BTw services.
Posted by 55North over 4 years ago
I came to this site looking for advise on a more economic alternative to Zen. My exchange is on the list. Might just struggle on a while!
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