Orbital.net are not the first broadband provider to utilise the exchange handover node to put customer data onto their own network since Zen has been doing this for a while, but crucially for businesses and residents of Kent the roll-out of FTTC by Orbital.net adds access to a local provider.
Orbital.net has announced the launch of its FTTC/FTTP service at 19 exchanges in Kent, with more coming soon.
ALDINGTON, ASHFORD, BETHERSDEN, BRIDGE CANTERBURY, CHARING, CHARTHAM, CHISLET, HAM STREET, PETHAM, PLUCKLEY, SELLINDGE, SEVINGTON, SMARDEN, STELLING MINNIS, STURRY, WINGHAM, WOODCHURCH, WYELive exchanges for Orbital.net
The network is based around the GEA-FTTC and GEA-FTTP service from Openreach, and the live exchanges are those linked to Canterbury and Ashford exchanges where Orbital.net have links to their own backhaul network. The exchanges Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Folkestone, Herne Bay & Deal should be live for November 2014 which with their child exchanges will take the total to 51 exchanges, with a further 6 exchanges due by February 2015 (Dover, Faversham, Gillingham, Ramsgate, Thanet & West Malling) the number will grow to 73 which is 77% of those exchanges currently offering a FTTC service to one or more cabinet on the exchange.
The FTTC service pricing is:
Orbital.net is best known for its wireless network which is continuing to operate and be expanded. An additional feature for businesses in Kent is a 100 Mbps leased line service for a fixed price of £5995+VAT per year, including a free backup option (either WiMAX, FTTC or ADSL).