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Entanet launch Ethernet Flex 1Gbps service for £199/m

Leveraging the metro ethernet network that CityFibre has acquired/constructed and is expanding Entanet has launched a new service for the business sector. For £199/m (plus VAT) a full fibre Ethernet connection with a SLA and a rapid return to service guarantee business customers buying from one of the Entanet partners can enjoy a guaranteed 200 Mbps in the download and upload directions (i.e. symmetric) with burst capability to Gigabit speeds.

For some time we’ve heard about software defined networks which allow businesses to adjust their bandwidth up and down and pay for what they use. With this service, we’re removing the need for them to even think about requesting bandwidth changes through a portal or incurring additional charges. Our partners can give them a dedicated 1Gbps bearer at an incredible fixed price no matter how much they use it.

Paul North, Entanet’s Head of Sales

The price a business will pay will depend on what the mark up and any additional services the Entanet partner adds, but the service is eligible under the Government Gigabit Voucher scheme. We need to highlight that whole the Entanet press release stated 'Entanet’s new service is also aligned with the national Gigabit Voucher Scheme, which offers further savings of up to £2500 off the total cost of ownership of new gigabit-capable connections for SMEs' that the Gigabit voucher can only be used against installation costs and not ongoing costs of running a service.

The difference between what the consumer Vodafone Gigafast service is charging for Gigabit (£48/m inc VAT) on the CityFibre GPON network and this Ethernet 200 Mbps guaranteed service with burst to Giga carries with it a warning that while people in the early years of many full fibre networks may always nail the maximum speed at peak times that once take-up increases the guaranteed speed on consumer services is likely to be 900 Mbps to 940 Mbps that features in the adverts today. 

Comments

I guess this £199/m price is a wholesale price charged to Entanet resellers? If so, I imagine the actual cost to end user will be similar to the Openreach based 1000/220 Mbps service which Cerberus are selling for ~ £275/m. But of course you don't get the same SLA (wrt speeds & fix times) with Openreach as you do with Entanet.

  • baby_frogmella
  • 14 days ago

As I said 'The price a business will pay will depend on what the mark up and any additional services the Entanet partner adds' :-)

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 14 days ago

Sorry Andrew, I need to visit Specsavers :(

  • baby_frogmella
  • 14 days ago

Its OK I make enough typo's that beyond pointing things out I don't mean anything by it.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 14 days ago

Hi All,

We have announced our retail introductory pricing here: https://www.giga.net.uk/cityfibre-flex-leased-line/.
We brand this service CityFibre ELITE 200-1000 Flex.
We take the CityFibre circuits at layer 2 onto our own network for best control/support/flexibility.

We have an instant availability and pricing tool on our website. Takes 1min for results.

This is a great innovative product fitting a niche not served. Anything that drives take up of full-fibre gigabit-capable connectivity is a great thing for the UK! Thanks to CityFibre/Entanet for that. :)

Thanks
Matt Skipsey
CTO
Giganet

  • mskipsey
  • 13 days ago

"Gigabit voucher can only be used against installation costs and not ongoing costs of running a service.".

Hmm, i have been pricing a leased line and nearly all of the providers have said it could be used for either ECC's or towards the monthlies.

I have also heard that some providers will apply it to a 100 bearer.

  • Alucidnation
  • 13 days ago

And surprise surprise, it's not available in my area.

  • Alucidnation
  • 13 days ago

Such a shame the extract on the front page says "Entanet who is owned by CityFibre" ("who" should be used for people, so "Mr X, who ..." or "the workforce, who ..." and "which" ought to be used for corporate bodies, etc)...

Then again, it doesn't appear on this full article, so sorry, Andrew. :)

  • NetGuy
  • 13 days ago

I don't expect any service like this to ever be available in rural areas like mine. The digital divide is getting much worse in both availability and price. Cities get cheap FTTC/FTTP/cable and leased lines, rural gets expensive ADSL (with a promise of very expensive FTTP that never actually becomes available).

  • sheephouse
  • 13 days ago

Re: Alucidnation

You're absolutely right about this term. However what we and some other providers are doing, which is compliant, is de-amortising the installation price of a new circuit if the 36m term rental price included this.
E.g. Say you went for a connection that was £300/month £0 install on 36m term. The install price is £2500, but they are just spreading this over term, so this is £69.44 of your £300 cost. So with a voucher you'd pay £230.56/month + £2500 (voucher pays this).

What is not right is if they cannot show evidence of install costs being incurred.

Matt Skipsey
Giga.net.uk

  • mskipsey
  • 13 days ago

Re: sheephouse

This is an interesting point. I am seeing a mix. When I travel to rural SW England where I grew up, I am seeing Openreach FTTP in the most rural of areas. On the roads I look out for the yellow fibre tags on their telegraph poles and you can then spot their connection points near homes. It's springing up fast.

Ironically you can be less than 1mi from DCMS in Whitehall, and only get ADSL2+ on an E/O line (as I found out).

The UK is becoming so patchwork. So many operators in all areas. It's coming!

At Giganet we try to aggregate these alt-nets for business connections.

Matt

  • mskipsey
  • 13 days ago

@mskipsey

Sorry for going off-topic but can you clarify if Giganet now sell Openreach based FTTP services to residential customers? Your online checker shows Ultrabeam 300 (330/50) as being available for my address @ £89/m, yet when i called your Sales Dept (Sarah) this morning, I was told your Openreach based FTTP packages are for business customers only. Which begs the question, why does your online checker suggest otherwise?

  • baby_frogmella
  • 13 days ago

@mskipsey, EO lines are a problem everywhere - I have one. The bigger problem is that superfast/ultafast coverage is very patchy - those areas that are missed out (whether rural or urban) are increasingly disadvantaged. The difference between available options used to be a factor of 2 or 3. Now, the difference is three orders of magnitude.
If I want a superfast connection the only choice is a leased line - your cheapest 50Mbps on a 100Mbps bearer comes in at £470+VATpm - assuming no ECC. A mile down the road my competitors get an 80/20 FTTC connection for less than a tenth of that price.

  • sheephouse
  • 13 days ago

@baby_frogmella

This is such a pain point for me personally, as we'd love to now, but the thing preventing us now is getting our terms, billing & other systems all together. Can we physically provide that service today, 'yes', but it's the admin stuff stopping us. Our website shows availability & only allows enquiries at this stage. We're really working hard on this, but at the moment, B2B services is what we're capable of as those systems are there. So what Sarah is suggesting is correct, but the more detailed explanation is here. Sorry! No ETA. But we're working hard. Hope to help you soon!

  • mskipsey
  • 13 days ago

@sheephouse

Agreed and understand your point.
Found your enquiry and checked your address against infrastructure maps. You may not know this but there's what looks to be an Openreach FTTP aggregation node 'outside your front door' on the main road that goes back to the Netherend exchange.
Whether this means OR are planning an FTTP rollout in your neck of the woods, I don't know. We don't have access to infill planned addresses, only their FTTP full-fibre cities.
For a leased line, I'd anticipate you'd have little-to-no ECCs from looking at the maps too. Not sure if any of this helps you now!

  • mskipsey
  • 13 days ago

Yes, I've been told about the FTTP agg node outside my house. Nobody (OR, BT Wholesale, BT Business) have been able to tell me any more than it exists on the plans. BT Business looked at FFTPoD and leased lines, but in the end they refused to quote for either as the nearest agg node was 11 miles away. The last I heard (end of last year) was that there were no further plans for Netherend exchange, which is Mkt A ADSL2+ only. When BT were doing the BDUK rollout they did propose FTTP for the properties that wouldn't get >30Mbps FTTC, but Fastershire refused to pay as it wasn't cost effective.

  • sheephouse
  • 12 days ago

I should add, that when they pulled the cable through the ducts outside, the engineers also mentioned that there was a fibre node on the plans, but didn't know what it was - and there is nothing in the chamber but fibre passing through, and the existing telephone lines.

  • sheephouse
  • 12 days ago

Not sure without spending a load of time on this what we could find out. However we cannot provide FTTPoD in areas we haven't unbundled sadly. BT Wholesale are strongly discouraging providers selling this for all sorts of reasons.
A leased line is what we could offer, but this is prob out of your budgets/overkill. Are there any nearby alt-nets? Could you aggregate Rural Gigabit voucher scheme vouchers with your neighbours? If you do find an FTTPoD provider, then request a on-site survey rather than a desktop survey, but this would probably set you back £300 if you didn't proceed. Good luck!

  • mskipsey
  • 7 days ago

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