It seems almost too good to be true, 25 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads over a FTTH connection for £4.95 per month, but yes it is real and it is Direct Save Telecom who are retailing an IFNL FTTH service at August Park in Andover. Now the slight downside, the price list details in the small print that line rental is £14.45 per month.
Even with the cost of voice line rental, £19.40 a month for a 25 Mbps connection where the only slow down should be contention is a pretty good price point, a 100 Mbps download service works out at £39.45 per month (£25 + £14.45) or if you want the top speed a 300 Mbps download (30 Mbps upload) is available for £48.50 plus the £14.45 line rental.
With FTTH at new builds generally working out cheaper than brownfield areas one can understand what appear to be very low prices to the consumer. This in part may be because in a new build property it is easy for a switched on developer to load some of the network build cost into the price of the property. It seems fair to say that in the UK we have got used to our broadband being cheaper than a trip to a coffee shop each week, which will make the dreams of many campaigners to see millions with access to FTTH in the UK a very difficult task.
Update Thursday 18th September: Direct Save Telecom have got back to us with a wider list of areas where the service is available. It is important to state that this is for selected new build developments in the areas and we are chasing for postcode data.
Andover, Aylesbury, Bridgwater, Bristol, Corby, Dartford, Didcot, Exeter, Fleet, London, Lowestoft, Melksham, Milton Keynes, Oakham, Peterborough, Swindon, Thirsk and WorcesterAreas with new build activity where FTTH will be available