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BT Openreach Launch New 10Gbps Ethernet Access Direct for ISPs

Monday, August 24th, 2015 (5:00 pm) - Score 3,916

BTOpenreach has announced that the new 10Gbps (Gigabits per second) variant of their point-to-point Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) data connectivity product for ISPs is now exiting the pilot phase and will soon be available to order from 21st September 2015.

Previously the fastest EAD product on offer was a 1Gbps solution, although Communications Providers (CPs) will need to pay a fair bit for the extra capacity. For example, a standard 1Gbps EAD service on a 12 months minimum period currently costs £2,100 +vat for the connection fee and £4,200 per annum rental.

By comparison the standard 10Gbps EAD solution of the same variety is priced at £6,000 for connection and £10,500 on the rental, which is frighteningly expensive by domestic standards but then it’s not designed for homes where slower and less reliable shared capacity is the order of the day. The rental also falls by quite a bit when you take out a 60 month term. Full price details here.

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  1. Avatar Tim says:

    For those that don’t know this is point to point ‘Ethernet’. The price doesn’t include any access to the internet for that this would have to link to the exchange or go back to another location that has internet access and that is another cost.

  2. Avatar nknklnkl says:

    Keeping up with the Jones’*

    *VM

  3. Avatar Ignition says:

    A fair assumption that BT Wholesale will be piling in the orders for these.

    1. I suspect TT and Sky will be too to be honest.

      It is not bad value in my opinion, when compared to the 1 Gbps EAD – especially for circuits requiring a reasonable length of “main link”. However, the speed will be outside of current Ofcom price regs, so as the 1 Gbps gets a lot cheaper (as it will do with the current “proposed” Ofcom price controls), it will start to look not such good value in a couple of years.

    2. Avatar Ignition says:

      Sky/TT have been using 10Gb BES for their backhaul needs for a little while now where required.

  4. Avatar Jonny says:

    With the recent price drops on gigabit circuits I can see Openreach moving to position 1Gbps as the new ‘standard’ to replace 100Mbps bearer speeds. I imagine ISPs will be keen to provision gigabit as standard even if the customer only wants 50Mbps as it massively reduces the barriers to upgrading past 100Mbps.

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