BT Wholesale’s latest price list update reveals that the operators forthcoming and “ultra-fast” 330Mbps (30Mbps uploads) capable FTTP on Demand (FTTPoD) broadband ISP service, which will be available to FTTC capable UK lines from spring 2013, could attract Excess Construction Charges (ECC) of over £3,000.
The premium service, which is targeted more towards business clients but can also be ordered by home owners, is about to enter phase 2 of BTOpenreach’s pilot that will run until late April 2013 and be used to test FTTPoD’s new automated order processes.
According to Openreach’s existing information (here), the service will attract a £500 one-off connection fee and a monthly rental price of £38 with a 36 month contract. However you can expect ISPs to charge significantly more than this once any additional requirements (profit, extra services etc.) are added on top.
Last December 2012 Openreach estimated that a home residing some 500 metres away from one of their NGA Aggregation Nodes could also expect to pay around £1,000 for laying the new fibre optic cable, which brings the total install to around £1,500. At the time BT warned that any property residing further away than 500m would pay more, though final prices have yet to be clarified.
Last night one of our readers, Carl Thomas, kindly pointed out to us that BT Wholesale had just added six related ECC “charge bands” to its latest WBC Price List (MS Excel) for their FTTPoD and FTTP service. As you’d expect the ECC work doesn’t come cheap, although unfortunately there’s no mention of how the bands will be applied. They’re also the same charges as for the WLR3 product.
BTs Excess Construction Charge (ECC) Bands (FTTP and FTTP On-Demand)
Charge Band 0 – £0
Charge Band 1 – £1 – £200
Charge Band 2 – £201-£500
Charge Band 3 – £501-£1000
Charge Band 4 – £1001-£3000
Charge Band 5 – £3001 and above
The good news is that while some people could end up paying thousands to have the service installed there will be others who could actually pay less. Unfortunately the bands are not well explained and thus we need to wait for more real-world examples of the costs before being able to draw any firm conclusions, not least with regards to how ISPs may apply the cost over a 36 month contract term and at different distances.
We should clarify that the Excess Construction Charges (ECC), which apply to both FTTP and FoD, are not related to the FoD distance based charging bands.