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.