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AAISP UK Reveals Pricing for its 80Mbps FTTC Superfast Broadband Service

Monday, March 26th, 2012 (8:21 am) - Score 961

The boss of business focused internet provider AAISP (Andrews & Arnold) UK claims to have “pretty much decided the plan” for its forthcoming 80Mbps (Megabits per second) capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) based superfast broadband launch. The 80Mbps service will carry a premium of around £12 inc. VAT per month extra (on top of what you already pay).

At present AAISP already offers an up to 40Mbps FTTC (“Basic“) service that costs from around £30 per month (2GB+ peak and 50GB offpeak data usage allowance), although BT’s planned April 2012 upgrade means that a maximum speed of up to 80Mbps will now be possible for some people (most will get a lot less, depending on their distance from the local street cabinet).

As a result the new 80Mbps (“Premium“) package would probably cost from around £42 per month, which includes an elevated weighting within BT and priority in AAISP’s network for better avoiding congestion. It should also be said that the ‘Basic‘ 40Mbps package will come with upload speeds of up to 10Mbps, while the new ‘Premium‘ 80Mbps service will offer uploads of up to 20Mbps.

Adrian Kennard, Director of AAISP, said:

Note that the premium is not guaranteeing to be faster than the basic if you have a line that will not do more than 40/10 but will still cost more for the “elevated weighting” within BT and priority in our network.

The only issue here is that some people do not fit this. e.g. People on 40/2, or on 40/10 with elevated weighting. These people will pay for basic or premium based on the elevated weighting and have the option to upgrade the sync speed for £10+VAT and restarting the 12 month minimum term. Even so, upgrading to 80/20 will not always work in that a long line may not manage those speeds – in such cases the “premium” option is still provided by elevated weighting in BT and priority in our network for the extra £10+VAT per month charge.”

Sadly AAISP hasn’t announced a launch date for its new service, although BTOpenreach is expected to end its current trials and make the service officially available to ISPs and their customers from 10th April 2012. We’ll cover this more on launch day.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar Kyle

    I have not been able to find any sort of translation figures comparing the speed with 40/10 against a service with 80/20.

    It would be interesting to know at what point extra potential speed does nothing to impact on the actual speed received.

  2. We’ve tried to construct a graph on this but quickly realised that, in some respects, FTTC is a tougher cookie to pin down than ADSL/ADSL2+. I think we’ll hold off publishing anything until we can get more data from ISPs to check against our findings.

  3. Avatar Deduction

    What “premium” if any is going to be charged if someone can only achieve 40Mb download but 20Mb upload? How will this “based on the elevated weighting” be calculated?
    I think they are having a laugh considering BTs 40Mb and 80Mb products are basically the same and 40Mb can be upgraded to 80Mb by BT at basically no cost. Does it apart from possibly in data consumed terms by the consumer end up costing the ISP more to provide 80Mb over 40Mb??

  4. “Does it apart from possibly in data consumed terms by the consumer end up costing the ISP more to provide 80Mb over 40Mb??”

    Yes, the average data rate per customer will increase, so the data rate that the ISP are billed at by BT will also increase.

  5. Avatar dragoneast

    I agree that, from what I can see, VDSL2 is much more susceptible to things in the line conditions in the real world than the lab graphs based on distance from the cab would predict, and it’s not as easy to correlate speeds with attentuation and SNR as for ADSL (even when you can get your stats which OpenReach don’t exactly encourage). All those reports about the BT checker initially being cautious might have been for a good reason.

  6. Avatar Deduction

    quote”(and of course), the product itself will cost the ISP more to deliver, i.e it is a different/additional product.”

    Not from what i have read, all 40Mb FTTC is being updated to 80Mb FTTC

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