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BT Openreach Publishes Cheaper Ethernet Leased Line Prices for the UK

Posted Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 (2:20 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,753)
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BTOpenreach, which manages access to BT’s national broadband and phone network in the United Kingdom, has published “substantial price reductions” of up to 50% for its 100Mbps to 10Gbps capable Ethernet and Leased Line services to business customers, ISPs and mobile operators.

The changes, which have been outlined at the link below, follow on from Ofcom’s recent Business Connectivity Market Review and some limited consultation with ISPs.

The regulator ruled last year that BT held Significant Market Power (SMP) in the “relatively new market” for faster than 1Gbps services (here) and should be subject to tighter regulation (e.g. price caps).

Ofcom’s new rules and charge controls began on 1st April 2013 and will remain in place for 3 year. According to Openreach this week, “there’s never been a better time to buy Ethernet products from Openreach“. However BT still views Ofcom’s policy as “mistaken” and claims “the market is highly competitive and that there is no market failure that needs regulatory intervention“.

Openreach Ethernet Price Reductions
http://www.openreach.co.uk/generalbriefingsarticles/gen01713.do

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4 Responses
  1. Its the excess construction charges that put this out of reach of most people. Openreach it aint.

    • TheFacts

      It’s not a product for ‘most people’.

    • FibreFred

      lol indeed! Ethernet leased lines are mainly for businesses

    • It is still true though that it is the excess construction charges that are the killer. Standard installation is already a lot at around £2,000, but excess construction can easily multiply that by a factor of 10 to 20 or even more.

      Also, “businesses” include (rural) ISPs which can, for example, use the circuits to feed new areas for (eg) local wireless delivery. Large excess construction charges render this unfeasible.

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