EE launches full fibre services
The complaints about a lack of retail options for Openreach FTTP should decrease today as EE is the latest broadband provider to start selling the services, with 40/10, 80/20, 160/30, 300/50 and 900/110 Mbps (download/upload) packages available.
The pricing is the same as the identical G.fast or VDSL2 service and follows the EE trend of offering the service without a landline. For many who make no use of their existing phone line this is perfectly reasonable and is perhaps a pound or two a month cheaper. For the G.fast and VDSL2 EE products there is the option to add a phone service but this adds at least £8/m, there is no option to add a landline to the FTTP services.
Pricing is valid until 1st or 2nd October - EE communication sees to vary between those two dates. Minimum contract term is 18 months and a £25 setup fee applies.
- EE Fibre Max 900 £54/m 900 Mbps download, 110 Mbps upload speed.
- EE Fibre Max 300 £42/m for EE mobile pay monthly customers, £47/m for others. 300 Mbps download, 50 Mbps upload speed.
- EE Fibre Max 145 £35/m for EE mobile pay monthly customers, £39/m for others. 145 Mbps download, 30 Mbps upload speed.
The lack of a landline on the FTTP services means if you do want to retain the landline number you need to do a port with renumber of the existing number onto a VoIP service as migrating or upgrading with EE will otherwise see the telephone number ceased and thrown back into the general pool.
The strict no landline with FTTP may mean some people shy away from EE, but as EE is part of the BT Group there is the option of BT Consumer who still offer FTTP/landline packages.