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Orbital.net expands in Kent adding FTTC at various exchanges
Friday 05 September 2014 15:59:13 by Andrew Ferguson

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, WYE

Live 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:

  • Up to 38 Mbps Down, up to 9.5 Mbps Up, Unlimited usage £26+VAT per month
  • Up to 76 Mbps Down, up to 19 Mbps Up, Unlimited usage £29+VAT per month
  • Up to 76 Mbps Down, up to 19 Mbps Up, Unlimited usage, Elevated SLA and bandwidth prioritisation £45+VAT per month

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).

Comments

Posted by YaZiN over 2 years ago
Couldn't find the details on the website (might not have been looking very hard though as watching F1). A little expensive but VFast's Wireless service has served me well. Also have FTTC with PlusNet for the last year 1/2.
Posted by timmay over 2 years ago
Hopefully we'll see the residential prices with line rental soon.
Posted by JNeuhoff over 2 years ago
So this is just another VDSL services over existing twisted-pair copper wires here, isn't it?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
Yes it is FTTC, in addition to their wireless services and utilising their own IP backhaul once it hits the handover node, i.e. does not use BT Wholesale but does use Openreach.
Posted by tcarmich about 1 year ago
After much discussion and investigation it turns out this was all a bit premature. All they are going to offer is what BT offer but crucially after BT enabled the exchanges. This is very disappointing as I really thought oribital Vfast were doing something innovative, sadly not. As of 20th Jan 15 they still have no info for my exchange in the 19 which they were 'announcing' here.

Very disappointing, they really should withdraw such a misleading press release.
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