FTTC self-install gets the full commercial launch tick on 29th September
Self install FTTC broadband has been a hit with many people as they don't need to be home on the day of activation and providers like BT, Sky and TalkTalk have embraced it with all-in-one VDSL modem/router combinations. The success is marked by Openreach taking off the market test wrapper to commercially launch the service at the end of September 2014.
The PCP Only aspect in the Openreach briefing refers to the fact that an engineer still needs to go your green street cabinet to move your wiring so that it goes via the fibre cabinet and for that they charge £49+VAT. Fortunately for most people this charge is spread out across the 12, 18 or 24 month contracts and for providers this was a welcome reduction compared to the £92 charge to bring an Openreach modem to the home, or £99 to also connect an ISP router. The competition to poach FTTC customers should have increased in July when migration costs dropped from £50 to £11 too.
There will be those still keen to get the best possible speed from their new VDSL2 connection, and the wide spread availability of Openreach FTTC faceplates means that while microfilters are the easiest option those wanting the best possible speeds can easily fit the same faceplate as the engineers. The VDSL faceplate fits the exact same way as the older I-Plate. The VDSL faceplate removes the broadband signal from the extension wiring which can slow down speeds and supports a dedicated data extension via IDC connectors on the faceplate.
Self install has actually become so common that there are reports of engineers now being surprised when they turn up to an install on a provider that should actually be a full engineer install with supplied Openreach modem.