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BT Openreach UK Raises Ethernet and Excess Construction Charges

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 (7:44 am) - Score 1,724

BTOpenreach has moved to comply with the requirements of Ofcom’s earlier Leased Lines Charge Control (LLCC), which was published as part of the telecom regulators Business Connectivity Market Review, and has raised its Excess Construction Charges (ECC) by just over 1%.

The Business Connectivity Market Review initially forced Openreach to slash the cost (by -29% on average) of its 100Mbps to 10Gbps capable Ethernet and Leased Line services to business customers, ISPs and mobile operators on 1st April 2013 (here), but it also left room for future price rises. As a result the latest adjustments will come into forced one year on from those changes on 1st April 2014.

It should be noted that Excess Construction Charges (ECCs) typically cover the cost of either providing additional services or dealing with “situations where the normal cost of providing service is in excess of that listed within the Openreach price list“. The following charges are typically more of interest to business connections than consumers and should not be confused with the separate Distance Based Charge (DBC) that can be applied to FTTP on Demand (FoD) lines (though some ECC’s could apply to certain FoD lines).

bt openreach uk excess construction charges

Openreach has also increased the cost of its Cablelink (Ethernet service) rental and connection charges by up to 3% to reflect an “inflationary increase in costs“.

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6 Responses
  1. A “hike” isn’t 1%, especially considering inflation is higher than that. [trolling removed]

  2. Avatar DTMark

    Can you imagine a builder with a price list like that – they wouldn’t get many customers.

    But then that’s because they have to contend with competition.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      These are all excess charges, basically ones that may or may not crop up – “unknowns”

      A builder is usually working to plans provided by someone else, there shouldn’t be any unknowns really, so.. its not really the same

    • Avatar Gadget

      With some builders I’d be delighted to get a breakdown of what the bill was going to be!

    • Avatar FibreFred

      lol, indeed

  3. Avatar CrazyLazy

    Drilling external wall… £238.33
    Drilling internal concrete wall… £144.01

    Is the difference of £94.32 to supply them with a coat to work outside? Or maybe it is just fear of rain or fresh air?

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