By: MarkJ - 16 November, 2010 (9:10 AM)
utv internet uk northern ireland isp logoThe Belfast (N.Ireland) based UK ISP UTV Internet has launched a new range of "Fibre Optic Broadband" and phone bundle packages, which offers internet download speeds of up to 40Mbps using BT's Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) technology.

The new service is also being offered at a special discount price of just £6.99 per month for the first three months (normal costs displayed below). Each package also charges an engineer Connection Fee of £35 (normally £70 from 1st January 2011 onwards) and includes a VDSL Modem (+£7.50 for postage).
Sample UTV Packages

Broadband Only 1 - £27.99 Per Month
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 2Mbps
Download Cap: 40GB

Broadband & Talk 1 - £18.98 + £11.99 [Line Rental] Per Month
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 2Mbps
Download Cap: 40GB
Included Calls: Evening & Weekend Local + National UK & Irish Calls

Broadband & Talk Anytime 1 - £23.97 + £11.99 [Line Rental] Per Month
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 2Mbps
Download Cap: 40GB
Included Calls: Anytime Local + National UK & Irish Calls
Each packages also includes 90 days free UTV Internet Security, 30 days free UTV Internet Online Backup, unlimited emails, 100MB of web space and a whopping 24 month minimum term contract (the default for most FTTC based services is usually 12 months).

UTV's packages compare reasonably well with some rivals, although BT remains the cheapest of all. However IDNet , and ADSL24 do deliver some comparable options, most of which are better at off-peak downloading flexibility than UTV.
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Comments: 9

asa logoVM
Posted: 16 November, 2010 - 11:56 AM
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Och !!! 2 years contract !!! No big deal
asa logoGreg
Posted: 16 November, 2010 - 1:02 PM
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A 40Mb fibre optic broadband service with a monthly usage cap of only 40GB. That is ridiculous.
What would be the point of having a fast fibre optic internet connection, if you're not actually
allowed to make the most of it? A far more reasonable monthly cap would be about 400GB.

If I was on a 40mb internet connection, with all my usage of sites like BBC iPlayer and various
other streaming video services, and downloads from Microsoft Technet, I'd go through 40GB
within less than a week. A 40GB monthly cap should be for light users only on 8Mb ADSL.
asa logoMarkJ
Posted: 16 November, 2010 - 1:27 PM
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Under BT's network 400GB of usage would costs many times the current package price; hence it wouldn't be economically viable to promise that without charging hundreds of pounds per month for the service. Capacity will get cheaper but there's an issue of supply and demand + BT profits that always takes precedence.
asa logoGreg
Posted: 16 November, 2010 - 4:40 PM
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If an ISP, even one as massive as BT, can't afford to allow people to use a hi-speed broadband
internet connection up to 40Mbps to its full potential, they should wait until it becomes more
ecomically viable to offer such a package that allows its customers to make the most of it.

Regardless of the technology still being quite new (for BT landline users at least) a cap of 40GB
a month is still ridiculously low unless you're only a light user. Even so, if you're that much of
a light user, don't even bother with fibre optic broadband, stick with regular 8Mb ADSL.

For me, I'll stick with O2's ADSL2 service, with no fixed usage limits ... at least until they try to
move us existing customers, on to the new packages that "traffic shape" certain protocols.
asa logoFibreGuy
Posted: 16 November, 2010 - 10:41 PM
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Hmm this nonsense that BT is putting out that their broadband is fibre is well overdue a slapping down by ASA.

Fibre to the Cabinet = Copper to the Home

The only broadband that can legitimately claim to be fibre is Fibre to the Home, the 100% optical delivery path.
asa logoMarkJ
Posted: 17 November, 2010 - 7:38 AM
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The ASA has already allowed it.
asa logomiycul
Posted: 7 December, 2010 - 8:42 PM
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I am currently on BT fibre optic package 27.99 amonth option 1
speeds are pretty good 2.6mbs down and 1.4mbs up, which is know were near the 36mbs that the speed test gave me. only found out after i had got it in that BT cap your speed from P2P so read all small print
asa logostormcreate
Posted: 2 December, 2011 - 8:56 PM
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The download speed of 36mbs from BT is is megabits, your actual download speed would be in megabytes! Its a common misunderstanding!! Im on BT fibre optic and getting 4.4Mbs download speed.
asa logoJoker
Posted: 6 February, 2012 - 11:14 PM
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I have the Fibre connection from UTV and to be honet its a rip off. I dont care about small print, contention, levelling out..............if they can give me 39 at the start then there is no excuse for giving me..........wait for it..............7 and 4, yes 7 and 4 on a fibre connection.................MADNESS

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