Aquiss launches GPON service in 14 urban locations
Full fibre and FTTP are critical words when it comes to making a broadband sale these days and to that end Aquiss as part of its business broadband portfolio is now offering a GPON service in 14 places across the UK, Aberdeen, Bracknell, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Reading, Sheffield and Peterborough.
The service comes in two flavours:
- Business Managed GPON Option 1, up to 500 Mbps down, up to 500 Mbps up, unlimited download limits, £300+VAT per month
- Business Managed GPON Option 2, up to 1 Gbps down, up to 1 Gbps up, unlimited download limits, £400+VAT per month
The service is fully managed and comes with a 9 hour return to service SLA and free installation and a 36 month contract. A lead time of 45 days is given from time of order to service being up and running.
The announcement does not say whose fibre they are using, but the location list reads like CityFibre and given that 1 Gbps symmetric is not yet an option from Openreach seems a reasonable guess.
Deploying GPON for business use is a good way of keeping costs lower, but this does mean the full bandwidth guarantees of leased lines are not possible, since GPON is a shared medium, with each PON generally shared between 32 to 128 over connections. On the Gigabit upload product if the service is just GPON based, then the 1.5 Gbps upload limit of GPON means that as soon as another Gigabit customer joins upload bandwidth will be shared, of course it is possible the service is built around X-GPON which increases the capacity considerably and is designed to enable 10 Gbps products. As such we feel that the line 'Having a pure fibre connection directly into the business premises gives access to gigabit-capable speeds without the potential bottleneck found in copper EFM or FTTC/GEA connections' needs a little clarification, since the Openreach GEA-FTTP services are GPON based too and customers should determine what the situation is with regards to upload limits, particularly if you are a business intending to upload lots of material.