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BT Openreach Confirm Final UK Phone and Broadband Prices for 1st July

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 (7:49 am) - Score 1,083

BTOpenreach has posted a lengthy list of price changes that represent the final outcome of Ofcom’s Fixed Access Market Reviews (FAMR), which are due to take effect from 1st July 2014 and include everything from the expected line rental adjustments to cheaper fault fixing engineer visits (Special Fault Investigation) etc. The list is quite extensive.

The regulators final FAMR report (here), which also imposed new quality standards upon BT’s network, didn’t offer a clear breakdown of all the various price adjustments and so Openreach’s latest briefing makes for a very useful summary and even extends to other areas like time related charges (additional engineer costs etc.), tie cables and co-mingling (just skip those if you don’t know what they are).

Regular readers will already know about the expected line rental changes (both for BT’s own WLR and the unbundled LLU MPF/SMPF) products, which will impact most of the major broadband ISPs in some way, but there are also other cost changes that we haven’t covered much before and the relevant ones are summarised below (the rest are arguably of more interest to ISPs). Please check the briefing link above for a full summary.

In particular, we note that the cost of having an engineer investigate a fault (SFI) with your line (£124.97 +vat) or to install a new connection via BT’s national UK telecoms network (£44.49 for Wholesale Line Rental) is set to fall by 6-7%, while fully unbundled LLU (MPF) lines like the ones that TalkTalk and Sky Broadband use (note: Sky also has a fair few SMPF connections) will get 2-3% more expensive for new provides (£46.44) and annual rental (£86.11).

It’s likely that some ISPs may factor these changes into their forthcoming summer/autumn price updates, although we don’t anticipate a huge impact upon end-user prices because most of the changes are fairly small. NOTE: We recommend ignoring Openreach’s 17th May – 30th June 2014 column below as that was only temporary and will just confuse matters.

bt openreach prices 1st july 2014

NOTE: The last one (GEA) refers to the recent FTTC migration price change.

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3 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    “SFI 2 Internal wiring”

    Case in point – neighbour’s line set up recently. ADSL2+, 3700m line.

    3 Meg down and 0.2 Meg up.

    In theory this “should” be 4.5 Meg down and 1 Meg up. Mind you those speeds would be a pipe-dream round here.

    Master socket is after the extension split, not before. I’m going to venture that the customer did not install the master socket. Actually I think it was put in as a response about crackling on the line which still happens anyway.

    Customer complains. ISP orders a visit. Wiring tidied up.

    Is the ISP then stuck with the bill for that? As I can’t imagine the customer agreeing to pay for it nor see why they should.

    1. Avatar Unknown101 says:

      Yes that would be a chargeable visit as the wiring was installed the way it should be now but usually the ISP will take the hit on it instead of passing the charge to the customer. If it’s still crackling though that should of been sorted with the SFI visit to improve the line quality/speed of broadband….

    2. Avatar DTMark says:

      Now I see why BT ignores OFCOM when it comes to speed estimates – they didn’t get one. I thought that ISPs were required to provide one.

      The only vague indication they have is “between 2Meg and 6Meg” which it delivers.

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