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Claranet SOHO announce fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband for gamers

Claranet SOHO have announced a new fibre-to-the-cabinet offering aimed specifically at gamers which will offer "super fast ping rates" to those who opt for its service. It includes all the usual fibre-broadband offerings such as up to 40meg downstream speeds with a guaranteed download rate of 8meg at peak times. Upload speeds clock in at 2meg with an optional upgrade to 10meg for an additional £5 per month. Unlimited downloads are included but this is limited by the obligatory fair-usage policy. The special offer price costs £36 per month including VAT) on a 24 month contract, down from the usual price of £50 per month.

"On a personal note, before switching to FTTC, I would be constantly banging my head against the wall when playing online. The lag would often cause my game to stall, resulting in my untimely death! Since moving to fibre, I can happily play online, even when my wife and son are using the Internet. It makes sense that if I think FTTC is this good, that Claranet SOHO offers the service to other gamers across the UK."

Jason Keen, (Director) Claranet SOHO

Claranet SOHO piggy back on parent company Claranet's network which is aimed largely at business users. This should mean that the service isn't swamped down at peak times which is often the case for large residential providers. This could be a key advantage to online gamers who are sensitive to packet loss and variance in latency.


Sounds great on the ping side. But only 8Mbps guaranteed download at peak times?

And I would have thought 10Mbps upload would be included as standard for gamers? Its aimed at gamers after all?

So for what a gamer would want it weighs in at £41 pm with the offer or £55 normally, but you wouldn't be able to complain about your download rate during peak hours unless it dipped below 8 of 40?

Good idea using the business networks though for sure.. unless any big back-ups kick in

  • GMAN99
  • over 9 years ago

The 8meg guaranteed rate is a BT wholesale thing. They offer a 12meg guaranteed rate too.

Does gaming really need such a high upload now? I would imagine not since most people are probably still on quite low 400kbps upload on DSL Max..

  • john
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

Right I see thanks for the clarification.

As for the upload yes, as much as possible really. The more upload the more people you can host in your game. Its one of the reasons most of the hosted games on Xbox live are in the US as they have superior uploads speeds, the other being there's more of them than us.

But yes.. more upload is what you want for hosting games.

  • GMAN99
  • over 9 years ago


Server hosting?

This will especially help with games that rely on player hosted servers.

  • otester
  • over 9 years ago

Good to see another provider taking up FTTC as well

  • GMAN99
  • over 9 years ago

Good to see another ISP enter the FTTC market but 24 month contract is pushing it. Who knows what is going to change in the market place for FTTC over the next few months, tying yourself into 24 months doesn't seem like a good idea so early on.

  • Going_Digital
  • over 9 years ago

Dont you just love the EU-A maximum length of 24 months for customer's initial sign-on contracts and an obligation on operators to offer 12 month contracts. This will allow customers to switch more easily to a different operator if they find a better deal.
This starts tomorrow!

  • NilSatisOptimum
  • over 9 years ago

From what I've observed from forum FTTC appears to have a fastpath/interleaving setting which is only managed by the black magic of DLM and so far BT have not offered ISPs any control over this setting. How can anyone really claim to be 'for gamers' at this point?

  • driz
  • over 9 years ago

WBC offers Standard, Stable and Super Stable options - at least in the manual. There isn't a direct opt out of interleaving though.

  • herdwick
  • over 9 years ago

these long contracts are silly, FTTC is only viable to home owners as tenancy agreements often dont go over 12 months.

  • chrysalis
  • over 9 years ago

Isn't this the case for any new product though? If the company is investing money into it they want you to keep you as long as possible so you pay as much back as possible as soon as possible

  • GMAN99
  • over 9 years ago

Gaming!? But gaming on ADSL/Cable is great! I enjoyed the image of a CEO addicted to games; hunched over his desk, wasting his life away, dulling his mind, staring into a screen, completing ultimately unrewarding repetitive tasks. Is it Stewert “The Brand” Baggs par chance?

FTTC/P is failing to take off because the majority are satisfied with their current speed, no current services are stretching current speeds and content providers themselves are the limiting factor not the line speed. Plus consumers want lower prices, less data restrictions and lower contract lengths! Queue the next Be...

  • ro2778
  • over 9 years ago

Interesting that Mr Keen is basically saying that the products they offered previously were not fit for purpose.

Will he be providing refunds? Ha.

  • Northwind
  • over 9 years ago

The lower ping sounds great but the price is way to much for my needs.

  • over 9 years ago

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