Psst, don't tell anyone Openreach has rolled out some more FTTP
It seems that Openreach has deployed native FTTP as an option to some 500 businesses that occupy the Custard Factory, which is of course an old custard factory converted into start-up heaven in the heart of the creative quarter of Birmingham. The Big Peg building in the Jewellery Quarter has also benefited adding another 300 premises.
The GEA-FTTP product is available at a number of speed and price points starting with the same speeds and prices as FTTC services elsewhere, rising to the 330 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload service. An important point to make is that this is not fibre on demand with its high install costs but native FTTP where installation costs a £92+VAT at the wholesale level.
Some may recall the Jewellery Quarter and both BT and Virgin Media objecting to City plans to overbuild in the area. So whether this delivery of FTTP is a sign of competition working well and a perfect example of public spending stimulating further commercial roll-outs, or predatory behaviour to scare off public projects will be the stuff of boring dinner party conversations.