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Ofcom under estimates price of BT Broadband
Thursday 06 August 2015 11:15:52 by Andrew Ferguson

The annual Communication Market Report from Ofcom provides a useful but very long fact sheet and because it has the weight of Ofcom behind it, it is usually taken as gospel for any figures it holds. We were surprised to see BT as the cheapest fixed line provider on page 315 of the report.

Ofcom price comparison chart UK providers

The BT price looks wrong as the voice line rental was £16.99 per month leaving £4.50 per month for the broadband, and as the foot notes tell us all promotional discounts are excluded. The cheapest BT service in June 2015 was the 10GB ADSL2+ service which outside of any 12 month minimum term promotions is £13 per month, and as offer prices have changed since June 2015 it is on offer for £5 per month (unlimited ADSL2+ from BT has a standard price of £18/month). The same issue arises for Infinity where the 20GB or 40GB has had offers of £7.50 to £10 per month when its standard price is £18 per month. This is also an unfair comparison for EE, who have a £2.95 unlimited broadband for 12 month minimum term and then £9.95 per month, where as the Ofcom table is using the standard price. Sky since June 2015 has increased its standard price from £7.50 to £10 per month.

The other products in the comparison are all unlimited services, so we feel it would have been better to compare like for like in terms of usage allowance too. Or at the very least compare packages that will handle the average data use of homes (which in June 2014 was 58GB, up from 30GB in June 2013).

Comments

Posted by generallee94 about 1 year ago
The whole table looks rubbish IMO...
Posted by herdwick about 1 year ago
http://www.purepricing.com/uk_broadband_pricing_factbook.html

you would think OFCOM would do their own footwork really.
Posted by 21again about 1 year ago
Unlike BT ADSL BB EE cheap BB is only cheaply if their network is available via your exchange.

With a market A/1 20CN exchange you will find the cost for EE BB becomes £24.95 a month with a 20GB monthly usage.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) about 1 year ago
@21again and the same with PlusNet, but then you get into the complication that Sky and TalkTalk might not be available at those exchanges either.

The 95% availability of TalkTalk was featured, and is a stat we've covered a lot before.
Posted by uniquename about 1 year ago
Also there is no such thing as an EE landline network. The price discrimination between area on EE is based on where Orange had LLU. Which became history long ago.
Posted by bigluap about 1 year ago
Will be interesting to see the average data usage for August with the rollout of Windows 10. Even using an ISO install disc, each device I updated still downloaded 6.5 GB of data. updated 6 devices plus 2x 3GB downloads for 32bit & 64 bit ISO - that comes to about 44GB & I still have 2 more to do.
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