Openreach to run special offer on full fibre 330/50 product
Full fibre may be the future of broadband but after some 15 years of price competition both retailers and consumers are well used to special offers and the latest 330 Mbps download with 50 Mbps upload connection speed GEA-FTTP variant from Openreach is now exception.
Openreach has published on its public price portal a special offer that is set to run for 12 months starting in October 2017 from £38 per month to £25.39 per month for the data only product, the version where you retain and still pay line rental for a copper line will be on offer for £17 per month and the fibre voice access (i.e. phone calls over the fibre segment) will be £25.64 per month.
Before people get too excited remember that this price drop is JUST for 12 months and is at the wholesale level, so the retail prices are going to be significantly higher once providers have added the cost of items like a GEA cablelink and backhauling the data from the handover node to their core network. It seems highly likely that the price offer is a move to encourage providers who do not already sell the GEA-FTTP range to sign-up and the 12 month price promotion may neatly offset a lot of the initial overheads of getting a 10 Gbps cablelink that connects the Openreach fibre cabinet with the providers own backhaul cabinets in the handover exchange. 1 Gbps cablelink products do exist but if looking to sell the faster GEA-FTTP variants on any scale then the large 10 Gbps link is the sensible option.
Since it is likely to be mentioned in the comments we are aware of some possible changes on the fibre on demand option in terms of construction costs that is available to those with access to FTTC, we have asked for official details, since in the past the FoD service has been the one where rumour and simple confusion are rife.