Openreach publishes wholesale pricing for 0.5 Gbps and Gigabit full fibre services
We covered the last set of Openreach FTTP price proposals in July and at that time the 550 Mbps and 1000 Mbps service pricing was left as POA, but now the official price list site has updated to reveal the data product pricing.
CAUTION: These prices cover just the local access Openreach network, wholesalers and retailers will need to add their costs for picking the data up from a handover exchange and getting this data to the wider Internet, as well as the usual service costs such as billing and some profit.
|Data only FTTP product|
All prices are monthly and exclude VAT
|Current Price||Price||% change|
|40 Mbps / 10 Mbps in FTTC notspots (regulated)||£12.28||£12.28||0%|
|40 Mbps / 10 Mbps in FTTC areas||£15.79||£14.28||-10%|
|55 Mbps / 10 Mbps||£16.79||£16.79||0%|
|80 Mbps / 20 Mbps||£18.34||£17.28||-6%|
|110 Mbps / 15 Mbps||£21.54||£17.28||-20%|
|160 Mbps / 30 Mbps||£21.14||£21.14||0%|
|220 Mbps / 20 Mbps||£24||£21.28||-11%|
|220 Mbps / 30 Mbps||£21.28||New for March 2020|
|330 Mbps / 50 Mbps||£38||£24.28||-36%|
|550 Mbps / 75 Mbps||£27.28||New for March 2020|
|1000 Mbps / 115 Mbps||£31.28||New for March 2020|
The install fee on the 550/75 and 1000/115 products remain the same as the slower FTTP services i.e. £97.03 + VAT.
We are also expecting a low bandwidth FTTP product to fit into the WLR switch off/migration plans, but cannot spot any pricing on this, though expecting the same sort of pricing as copper MPF line rental. The idea being that the copper line can be replaced by this FTTP product in scenarios where people do not want broadband but just a telephone service.
The question now is who much will the additional costs be and while traditionally the price point for broadband has been driven by competition between the largest four UK broadband providers the growth of aggressively priced alternate FTTP operators may be the force driving the price down. The question is how much slow down at peak time will the public accept on a Gigabit product when the adverts claim 900 Mbps average speeds at peak times, or put another full fibre guarantees connection speed but guaranteeing throughput especially at speeds of several hundred Mega bits per second comes with a cost.