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Plusnet are going 'beta' on fibre broadband products

With over 600 customers connected and over 100 orders in progress, Plusnet are closing the 'first phase' of their FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) trial. Feedback has reportedly been very helpful in working out issues and problems. Plusnet are now going to proceed with the next stage of the trial which is a beta roll out.

The fibre beta trial will be available to all existing customers on the Value, Extra and Pro products for an additional £12 per month, if you live in a FTTC enabled area. Those on an older package will need to switch to one of Value, Extra or Pro to take part in the trial. It is recommended that users select the Extra option as it has a higher usage limit. On average, customers have been using around 40% more usage on FTTC, likely due to more Internet use, or taking advantage of higher quality video such as watching iPlayer in HD.

Users can sign up to the trial at http://trials.plus.net and there is a dedicated forum for any questions on the Plusnet community site.

Comments

it isn't fibre broadband. its copper broadband from a cabinet. just sayin.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 6 years ago

just like Virgin's fibre broadband is coax from a cabinet. The ASA failed on that front.

  • herdwick
  • over 6 years ago

Even an ADSL connection is 99% fibre if you measure the full route from customer to ISP :D

But yeah it's annoying that 'fibre broadband' is being allowed.

  • AndrueC
  • over 6 years ago

An extra £12 a month? That's going to have to come down quite a bit before I'm interested (not that I'm FTTC enabled just yet).

  • kasg
  • over 6 years ago

shutup cyberdoyle, we know. You're really clutching at straws with that argument.

  • krazykizza
  • over 6 years ago

@kasg
The adage, "you get what you pay for" comes to mind. As a comprison fibre broadband in Paris costs 30-35 euros per month, so £25-30 seems a reasonable price a fibre connection.

  • themanstan
  • over 6 years ago

Bob Pullen did comment on the Community Forum that it cost Plusnet £13 a month wholesale, so I guess I shouldn't complain.

  • kasg
  • over 6 years ago

@krazykizza

You stfu, cyberdole is right for exposing it for what it really is.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

@Otester what it really is? Really? It's fiber to the cabinet, not to the home, makes it mostly fibre and resulting in much faster internet right? That's not a copper network.

'just sayin'

  • tonylee000
  • over 6 years ago

Technically speaking the delivered service is called VDSL isn't it? Certainly calling it "fibre broadband" wouldn't appear to be "honest and truthful", as per one-time ASA requirements, but courtesy of Ofcon everyone else is getting away with it...

  • c_j_
  • over 6 years ago

Of course a copper ethernet cable connecting a PC to a FTTP router means the user is not getting the benefits of a full fibre connection.

  • Somerset
  • over 6 years ago

"On average, customers have been using around 40% more usage on FTTC, likely due to more Internet use,"

More Internet use? What else would it be?

  • BigRedBall
  • over 6 years ago

@Somerset, oh come on you know that is a bit facetious. Comparing short length shielded cabling in a low-noise environment that is specifically designed for carrying digital data, versus large numbers of tightly bundled phone cables over a long distance, in a noise-hostile environment. (And yes you can get unshielded Ethernet cables but the speed and/or range drops massively in noisy environments).

  • dustofnations
  • over 6 years ago

@otester the ASA have much more authority making an OFFICIAL ruling. Any opinion on what you think it is, your welcome to it, but remember, what you say, IS NOT FACT!

  • krazykizza
  • over 6 years ago

@krazykizza

Fine, then I have FTTE (Fibre to the Exchange).

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

There is a significant, but BT unpublished number, of aluminum alloy twisted pairs to add to the copper birds-nest of differing diameters.

  • WalterWillcox
  • over 6 years ago

lol, here she is with her copper slating. Its name is as correct or incorrect as Virgin's Fibre broadband.

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

....and... your only jealous :) I know I am.. I'd love FTTC to come to town

  • GMAN99
  • over 6 years ago

FTTC would probably help people in my area if we could get it if I understand FTTC properly (which means its fibre to a local cabinat that might be on your street or estate if I'm understanding it correctly). Being 1.9 miles from the exchange all we can get is 1.5MB. That said we aren't likely to be on any companies' lists of exchanges to upgrade. Its technically a rural exchange but in an area too close to a city and a town to be truely rural. I'd like to be able to get the likes of 8MB without it costing a small fortune. That's a speed some people would call too slow and complain about.

  • AspieMum
  • over 6 years ago

@AspieMum

Assuming you don't have an aluminium line, the 1.5Mb is your fault.

Fix your router/ISP/wiring.

  • otester
  • over 6 years ago

Depends if that's 1.9 distance or 1.9m line length.

  • KarlAustin
  • over 6 years ago

"Being 1.9 miles from the exchange all we can get is 1.5MB" - I've seen more 4 miles from the exchange. Sounds like it needs fixing.

  • herdwick
  • over 6 years ago

AspieMum - have you looked at your wiring, is the router on the master socket?

  • Somerset
  • over 6 years ago

I'm with BT VDSL, if you have anything less than wirless N equipment you'll not get the high speeds either. had to upgrade to wireless adapters to get 20Mbps download speeds, on wireless G I got 2-6 mbps. Of course BT recommend hardwire connection to the router which gives me 30Mbps downloads ;-)

  • elder666
  • over 6 years ago

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