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Entanet Based ISPs to Launch Cheaper FTTC Broadband Installs and Migrations

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 (1:07 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,072)

Business ISP Entanet, which supplies wholesale Internet access and related communication services to a number of ISPs and businesses across the United Kingdom, has moved to boost sales by allowing their resellers to offer Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based superfast broadband connections with a free installation or migration.

The operator has done similar / time-limited promotions for resellers in the past but what separates this one from those is that the new offer does not impose a time limit. Entanet has also announced a special promotion for ISP partners that take its EWCS (Entanet Wholesale Carrier Services), which offers reduced costs for new connections and migrations to FTTC.

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager at Entanet, said:

“FTTx already represents 20% of broadband subscribers globally and we see this as a growth market for UK resellers. Our previous reseller promotion for packaged broadband products, which we ran until the end of January this year, was wildly successful. We have now evaluated the feedback and decided to extend the offer scope – and to also provide additional incentives for our wholesale customers to drive FTTC sales. Combined with our competitive, unlimited fibre products, we think these offers give all our partners a great opportunity to increase their fibre broadband sales.”

The separate wholesale promotion runs until 30th September 2014 and “aims to help partners buying ‘tails’ and aggregated bandwidth (as opposed to predefined allowance packages) to increase their sales of FTTC connections“. Prices for EWCS connections and migrations have been simplified, with a single one-off price of £40 being introduced for all options.

The connection charge for FTTC (all speed variants) on EWCS has also been reduced from £80 to £40 +vat, while FTTC fibre-to-fibre migration between ISPs has fallen from £53 to £40 and migration from the IPstream or WBC platform to FTTC (all copper to fibre, including CP to CP and LLU migrations) has also been cut from £80 to £40.

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  1. My exchange is soon to be upgraded to FTTC (from 20CN !) thanks to BDUK :)

    I’m a long time Freeola(Entanet) customer and will upgrade as soon as I’m able.

    Enta’s pricing doesn’t seem very competitive compared to BT and some of the others, which is a shame.

    As a fairly costly package I would have hoped they at least provided a 10Mb upload rather than the current 2Mb as standard.

    I look after a number of Freeola customers on ADSL and predict I will have a hard time getting them to stick with this ISP when they see faster, unlimited packages from BT for only £23 a month!

  2. WebDude

    You may also want to consider PlusNet (owned by BT) too. They offer FTTC with up to 19.5 Mbps upload speed, but depending on how much competition there is at your exchange (the OFCOM Market 1,2,3) charge £19.99 (where BT Wholesale provides it at lower cost, under OFCOM requirements, where Sky, TalkTalk etc are available) but has a higher charge where there is limited/no competition.

    Price is only at advantageous rates if you also take phone line rental (they waive or reduce setup charges if you have line rental, and the monthly charge is higher if you don’t)… but you can get line rental discount paying annually (equiv to £10.99 per month).

    Overall I think they have value for money charges (I have 10 Mbps unlimited data account, on a Primus line) but don’t particularly like their “need” for line rental (OK, it’s optional, and I understand why they do this, but would be easier to work out whether they are better value than others if they had fewer different tiers of charging!

  3. I’ve been with Freeola (who use Entanet) for around 15 years and make lots of use of their hosting – which works great for me so don’t really want to move ISPs…

  4. WebDude

    I can see why you would not want to move, but in a way, I consider things like e-mail and hosting are better from some independent sources, precisely because switching is made easier (though I appreciate the cost may be higher for this level of flexibility).

    I have hosting with a couple of firms (one being Xilo, the ISP), and use Three (unlimited data, with tethering) as a backup, and hope to add FTTC myself later this year…

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