Openreach drops prices of middle mile Ethernet connectivity
Openreach has announced a range of price changes aimed at reducing the costs of moving the ever increasing amounts of electronic data around the country.
The changes will take effect immediately for new and existing orders, with current customers seeing their rentals change from 1st February 2009. The products seeing their price go down are Openreach's WES, WEES and BES products, they are commonly used to provide middle mile connectivity, e.g. corporate LANs and linking up mobile base stations so don't expect to see consumer broadband prices dropping.
The summary of the price changes is as follows:
- BES 1Gb product connection reduced by up to 62% and rental by up to 31%.
- WES/WEES 100Mb Local Access reduced to the same price as 10Mb Local Access for both connection and rental, representing a reduction of up to 43% for connection and up to 14% for rental.
- BES 100Mb reduced to the same price as BES 10Mb for connection and rental, representing a reduction of up to 65% for connection and up to 26% for rental.
The full press release can be read in the news area of the BT.com website. WES stands for Wholesale Extension Services, and the product description pages are on Openreach.co.uk, the full range of products affected is also on the Openreach site.
To put some figures on these changes, the Wholesale Extension Services Local Access 100Mbps Managed product currently costs £3,398 to install and £3,072 per year to rent, with the new prices it will drop to around £2650 per year for the rental. For those thinking that this is cheap for a 100Mbps link, remember that this does not include any 'internet' connectivity.