First live areas of FTTP appear in Inverness for Brawband and CityFibre
More full fibre has gone live with the CityFibre roll-out in Inverness spotted in the Cradlehall area of the city. The roll-out in Inverness is sold to the public by Brawband which is a consumer brand of HighNet.
Brawband has three consumer packages which are all broadband only at present, with telephone services expected as an option in 2021.
- The Wee One £37.95 for 24 months. Symmetric 200 Mbps speeds. £49 install fee offer (usually £99)
- The Braw One £44.95 for 24 months. Symmetric 500 Mbps speeds. £49 install fee offer (usually £99)
- The Big Yin £59.95 for 24 months. Symmetric 900 Mbps speeds. £49 install fee offer (usually £99).
All three packages include a wireless router, though only the two more expensive ones state it is a dual band router, fingers crossed it is the same router on all three packages as an ISP shipping a single band router in late 2020 is not a good idea. Reason being the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band is often very congested, combined with an inability to support decent speeds.
The package search on thinkbroadband does not know about Brawband yet, but as always our labs local system does know about them. We have used this new roll-out as an opportunity to merge the various CityFibre areas, so on the map there is now just a single layer covering the Vodafone Gigafast, TalkTalk FibreNation and Brawband areas under the CityFibre name, the searches though are able to distinguish between the different providers. The merging was done as more ISP are expected to have exclusive access to CityFibre areas in the future and the list of FTTP providers is already very long on the broadband map.
As with other CityFIbre areas we expect the footprint to grow in time and like Milton Keynes we might eventually see perhaps 10 to 15% of properties with a choice of two FTTP networks.