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ISP ICUK Launch Superfast 80Mbps FTTC and 100Mbps FTTP Broadband

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 (9:29 am) - Score 1,350

Internet provider ICUK has today become the latest ISP to launch a new range of up to 80Mbps (FTTC) superfast broadband packages for home and business users. On top of that the UK provider has also introduced a truly fibre optic 100Mbps service, which makes use of the latest Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology.

As usual the new “Enterprise” 80Mbps packages cost around £5 more than ICUK’s older range of 40Mbps FTTC services and existing customers will also benefit from a “free upgrade path” to the new product. FTTC is currently available to around 40% of the UK.

ENTERPRISE FIBRE OPTION 1 (Sample Entry-Level Package)
Download Speed: Up to 80Mbps
Upload Speed: Up to 20Mbps
Monthly Peak Download Usage: 10GB
Monthly Off-peak Download Usage: 50GB
Unlimited Uploads
Static IPv6 Addresses (/48)
Email Addresses (@icuknet.co.uk)
FREE Email Spam & Virus Filtering
12 Month Contract

PRICE: £30 inc. VAT per month

ICUK has also confirmed that it will be discounting the activation costs (includes the needed connection hardware / modem) for FTTC and FTTP from £80+VAT down to £60+VAT (£72 inc.VAT) to run alongside BTWholesale’s related promotion. This will be effective from the 1st May through to the 31st July 2012. A sample of the entry-level FTTP package can be found below.

FTTP OPTION 1 (Sample Entry-Level Package)
As above, except..
Download Speed: Up to 100Mbps
Upload Speed: Up to 15Mbps
Monthly Peak Download Usage: 100GB
Monthly Off-peak Download Usage: 100GB
Unlimited Uploads

PRICE: £66 inc. VAT per month

The ISP has also confirmed that it intends to launch both a 330Mbps and 220Mbps FTTP package “later this year“, although BT suggested this morning that the 220Mbps service specifically might not actually arrive until 2013. Thankfully BT is due to make the 330Mbps service available to ISPs and their customers from June next month.

Unlike the FTTC service, FTTP does not rely upon existing copper cable and instead delivers a fast fibre optic cable directly to your doorstep. But ICUK cautions that its FTTP packages “should not be considered a leased line despite the extensive use of fibre optics“. The Service Level Agreements (SLA) and response times from BT will be the same as ADSL and FTTC broadband.

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  1. Phil says:

    Download Speed: Up to 80Mbps
    Upload Speed: Up to 20Mbps
    Monthly Peak Download Usage: 10GB

    Pretty pointless – very poor usage allowance for FTTC! There is Virgin Media had 60 Meg with 15Gb between 10am and 9pm every day except 9pm and 9am will be unlimited.

    1. ICUK says:

      Hi Phil,

      You are referring the very base package, and fail to take into account the 50GB off-peak limit which kicks in from 8pm daily. Spend £10 more and instead of 60GB total allowance you’ll get over double with 150GB. Also unlike Virgin you won’t find lots of heavy shaping and port blocks. I should also point out the caps only apply to downloads, with uploads considered unmetered.

      If you want eat as much as you like, and don’t mind the hidden terms etc, then there are plenty of options out there, we appreciate that. If you want a quality ISP, clearly advertised limits, decent UK support via phone and email with staff who care, and a network which runs with plenty of capacity to avoid bottlenecks… then here we are 🙂

  2. sentup.custard says:

    The packages referred to are, of course, the low usage ones at the bottom end of the price scale – others with bigger allowances are available. Nonetheless (taking “Enterprise Fibre Option 1” at £30 as the example), I expect there will be comments from the heavy mob on the lines of “Pathetic! What’s the use of having a superfast service if you only have 10GB peak and 50GB off-peak to play with – I could use that in less than one day!”

    Now, ladies and gentlemen, I am not in any way being critical of your downloading habits – you are perfectly entitled to use your broadband connection as it suits you – but, to redress the balance…

    It may surprise you to learn that there are people (including yours truly, of course) who do not need massive allowances, but just because we find the relatively low allowances more than adequate it does not mean that we are happy to spend all day on what we are doing!

    In my case, a better upload speed is of far more importance than improved download speed. FTTC is not yet available here (theoretical date is 30 June, fingers are crossed) but when it arrives, if it was only download speeds under consideration, I would not be interested in FTTC – I’m close to the exchange and existing ADSL2+ download speeds are fine for my purposes.

    However, 20 Mbps upload is a different matter. I’m glad that ICUK have recognised that we don’t all need big allowances which push the minimum price up, and as an existing well-satisfied customer of theirs, 80 down and 20 up at £30 a month is exactly what I’ll be going for.

    1. DTMark says:

      Completely agree with comments regarding usage – the argument that runs roughly “what’s the point in having a fast connection if you can’t actually use it” doesn’t quite ring true. It does rather imply a connection that’s not just on 24/7, but one that’s downloading something 24/7..

      We consistently use about 7GB per month which coincidentally is what Three HSPA sells in blocks for £25, so we we spend about £25 per month. Has been the case for years now. That’s working from home – web, FTP, YouTube, some iPlayer etc

      However if we could get a connection which was faster (we only get about 6Meg, 3G is the only broadband option here) we’d be likely to connect up our TV and begin watching stuff On Demand. And that really would start churning through data, similarly since Three upgraded the cell and I upgraded the modem doubling the speed YouTube will now pick the higher res version using more data (some aren’t going to spot that until it’s too late!)

      The price would be a bit of a steal and would suffice for a fair bit of TV, probably more than I could actually watch in a month assuming it’s split between peak and off peak.

      Whether it’s a good deal or not would however depend not on the “up to” speed, but the minimum assured throughput speed actually achieved.

  3. sentup.custard says:

    P.S.

    That comment about “the heavy mob” wasn’t intended as a snipe at you, Phil. I am a ridiculously slow typist, and your comment wasn’t there when I started on mine.

  4. Phil says:

    I still waiting for FTTC in my area because I like the upload 20 Meg up and Virgin Media got no chance to get that 20 Meg upload for 100 Meg is rather disappointed. We all want fastest upload because of fb upload, youtubes upload and so on. But that’s good to hear ICUK offer unlimited upload only! But, wish to have 50GB peak (not 10GB) and 150GB off Peak but of course you have to pay more because it BT network!

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