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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.

Comments

The BT checker tells me I can get FTTPoD but nowhere will let me order it, or even get a quote for it. I'm fully open to being told I'm thick and I need to go to specific sites but for the life of me I don't know what they are. Any pointers?

  • giginger
  • 3 months ago

NOTE Core of news item is NOT about Fibre on Demand.

If really wanting to pay the upfront setup costs well over £1000 and over £200 per month, then operators like FluidOne but generally only taking orders from businesses since selling three year contracts to consumers breaks Ofcom rules.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

I understand this is not an FTTPoD discussion but wanted to add to the above. I am talking to FluidOne right now and the price for their FTTPoD connection (mostly all Openreach passthrough) is over £10K (2000m from node) and 36 months at £320 per month. All before VAT and they only sell to VAT registered companies.

If anyone can point me to a thread on FTTPoD so I can monitor for other options that would be great.

As for the special offer above...if only.....

Thanks!

  • Nicarus
  • 3 months ago

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre.html is where some are chatting about FoD.

Another operator is Cerberus but they've mis-quoted a few people so they might only just be getting the hang, and in Wales there is Spectrum Internet.

The £10k is not a shock for 2km

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

Cerberus, £1200 for me and I am 0.3 of a KM from the ring.

  • ZenUser27
  • 3 months ago

Hi there,

I am one of the business sales managers at FluidOne and have noticed a few questions here around FTTP and FTTPoD. Please feel free to get in touch with us around any business enquiry you may have and we will do our best to assist you.

Michael Tomkins

[email protected]

DD 020 7135 6750
T 0345 868 7848
www.fluidone.com
5 Hatfields, London, SE1 9PG

  • FluidOne
  • about 1 month ago

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