Retail pricing for WBC ADSL2+ service starts to emerge
Entanet has been involved closely in the trials of the new ADSL2+ service from BT Wholesale known as WBC. The service launched officially at the start of May 2008, but to date price information from broadband providers has been scarce. The first Entanet retailers are now announcing products, with ADSL24 listing prices for its ADSL2+ services that will be available soon:
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All the plans (including a few we did not list) provide 'up to 24 meg' ADSL2+ speeds, which are highly dependent on the length of your telephone line as the primary factor, along with the quality of the extension wiring in your home. While the fastest speeds may only be available to some 5% of households, a great many will benefit from the up to 1.4Mbps upload speed. This is particularly welcome news for those using VPNs for accessing corporate networks from home or households with multiple people playing online games at once.
The peak and off-peak time windows have changed compared to previous Entanet products. The new peak timeframe is 7am to 1am, but if you need to top-up your peak usage you can do so for between 36p and £1 per gigabyte depending on how much you buy. For an extra £6.99 you can also buy yourself a slightly higher traffic priority across the BT Wholesale network, with more options expected to be available as the products develop.
ADSL24 do highlight on their product page that the service is not fully launched, which is backed up by the other broadband provider who has mentioned prices so far. Andrews & Arnold are keeping pricing of existing standard services, just giving customers the option of switching to the ADSL2+ based service.
Until more providers release pricing the trend will not be totally clear, but it would appear from the ASDL24 pricing that broadband service providers may be able to offer more in terms of inclusive usage compared to existing ADSL products. Though at £49.99 for around 160GB a month, the pricing is around the same as the original 500Kbps service BT launched some eight years ago if you ignore inflation.
We hope that no broadband provider is going to market the new WBC or other ADSL2+ products as being three times faster than ADSL as this will give a false impression to consumers who are already confused by the way broadband is sold. A great many will get better speeds but as we've shown previously the improvement may be small and even if using ADSL2+ compatible hardware, the choice of ADSL2+ device can make a big difference in the connection speed you will achieve.