TalkTalk fibre broadband boost to go live in May
TalkTalk's 'fibre broadband boost' was announced back in January and was expected to go live in April, but this date has now been pushed back to May. Details were a bit sketchy when this was first publicised, as pricing had not been finalised, but this has now been released. Users in enabled areas looking for a speed boost can get an upgrade for £10 a month with a £25 installation fee which includes a modem. It was also expected that a 12-month contact term would be available for this upgrade, but it does instead appear to be 18-months.
The service does of course rely on BT Openreach's fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) roll-out which can deliver download speeds of up to 40 Mbps if you are close to an enabled cabinet, and upstream speeds of 10 Mbps. TalkTalk will be offering a 2Mbps upload speed. TalkTalk will be the second large scale ISP to offer products using the platform and will compete with BT's Infinity products which have been heavily pushed through press and TV adverts. A range of other providers, both business and consumer focused do also offer fibre products, and a list of these can be found in our fibre broadband guide.
Plusnet, who announced their FTTC based broadband products which will go live later in April, will be happy to note that they get to keep their claim of offering the cheapest fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband at £16.49 per month. TalkTalk's fibre boost will come in 50p higher at £16.99, although both prices do of course not include line rental.