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BT to Extend UK Superfast Broadband Discount But Only in Specific Areas

Friday, August 24th, 2012 (8:58 am) - Score 672

BTOpenreach has proposed to extend a special offer, which slashed the £80 +vat one-off connection fee for new superfast broadband (FTTC or FTTP) lines down to just £30, for another two months. But there’s a catch, the extended offer would only be available to “specific geographies” around England.

At present most ISP customers who take both a new phone line (BT WLR or LLU MPF) and superfast broadband (FTTC/P) service together (Simultaneous Provide), which also allows you to move house without suffering a break in service, should be able to benefit from the discount until 30th September 2012 (provided your ISP has passed the savings on).

BTOpenreach now wants to see the end-date for this offer extended from 30th September to 30th November 2012, albeit with the caveat that this would “be available only in specific geographies” of London and North West England. A full list of the related telephone exchanges can be found in BT’s updated pricing document (scroll to the bottom).

Sadly the operator doesn’t say precisely why it only intends to target those specific areas, although clearly they believe that it’s necessary to improve uptake. BTOpenreach has already requested a waiver from Ofcom to the standard notification periods in order to extend the offer, which is usually granted.

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  1. Avatar Sledgehammer

    While Wallasey exchange was changed over to fibre on the 30th of June this year and is on the list of specific geographies, quite a number of the new BT fibre cabinets have sprouted up mostly in the already enabled VM areas.
    This leads me to believe that uptake locally has been very poor, hence the time being extended. It also excludes residents like myself from even considering making the change to the new service and the substantial increase in the cost for said service.
    By the time BT get round to putting in a fibre cabinet that will supply my area I think it will be some time next year before that happens, my interest in a new fibre connection will have waned and will likely as not carry on with ADSL2+.

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