First retail 1000 Mbps FTTP via Openreach spotted
We have been waiting a while for the first retail provides to start showing their Openreach WBC-FTTP 500 and 1000 Mbps services and Spectrum Internet appear to be the first out of the blocks.
Our package listings have been updated to reflect the new services and price changes across the Home Broadband range.
- Full Fibre Broadband 500/165 £69/m for 6 months, then £99/m on a 12 month contract. £599 activation fee. 500 Mbps download with 165 Mbps upload connection speeds. Free Zyxel router.
- Full Fibre Broadband 1000/220 £99/m for 6 months, then £159/m on a 12 month contract. £599 activation fee. 1000 Mbps download with 220 Mbps upload connection speeds. Free Zyxel router.
The £599 activation is so much higher because of what Openreach charge and this is down to the extra work and optics needed for delivering these faster services over the a XGPON network. While the standard GPON splits share 2.5 Gbps downstream bandwidth between all the people on a split, Openreach has elected to use a larger 10 Gbps underlying bandwidth to ensure that as take-up increases there should be no need to split nodes further.
If the high setup fee puts people off there is the more normal speed and pricing of a 80/20 service, i.e. should deliver speed tests of 76 Mbps down and 19 Mbps up with a setup fee of £119 and six months at £29/m and then £35.99/m, which is actually cheaper than the equivalent BT Consumer Infinity 2 services (BT Consumer tend to run with a lower setup fee, but you pay for it in the longer term with a higher monthly price).
We tried to do a few checks on the Spectrum Internet site to confirm the extent of their coverage across the UK, as traditionally they are best known for serving South Wales and the Bristol area but their checker seemed to return contact us notes for both Bristol and other parts of the UK.