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AAISP to Offer Pricey 1 TeraByte Home ADSL Broadband Package

Monday, March 7th, 2016 (1:07 am) - Score 919
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UK ISP Andrews and Arnold (AAISP) has announced that they intend to launch a new package for bog standard ADSL2+ (up to 20Mbps) based home broadband lines, which will give customers 1 TeraByte of monthly usage (a huge increase on the current 100 GigaByte [0.1TB] cap). But it’s not cheap.

At present the existing Home::1 package costs £25 per month for 100GB or £35 for a 200GB usage allowance, which includes a free wireless router with IPv6 support (plus one IPv4 address) and a 6 month contract term. Additional usage can be added at £10 per 50GB and you can upgrade to an FTTC (VDSL) line for another £10 per month. Similarly Line Rental (+£10) is also optional.

By comparison the forthcoming service will cost £40 per month, but you’ll get 1000GB (1 TeraByte) of monthly usage and few people on such connections ever use even close to that much data. The service is also very close in price to their existing £60 per month Home::1T package, but that one adds an ‘up to’ 80Mbps capable FTTC service and includes line rental.

AAISPs Statement

“Following the recent launch of our special Home::1 VDSL Terabyte package we are planning a new ADSL version.

Home::1 ADSL Terabyte will be just like normal Home::1 ADSL services but offering 1TB download allowance per month, then slowing to 3Mb/s if you hit the limit. No top-up or excess charges.

The service will be £40/month including VAT, but not including the phone line. You will need a phone line with someone, or we can provide a broadband only line for £10/month as usual.

The service is only available on TalkTalk back-haul, so not available everywhere. Anyone on BT back-haul will have 14 day lead time and a short outage on the line to regrade. Anyone on TalkTalk back-haul will just have this as a normal tariff change applied from the next bill date. Either way, no cost to change to this. The install price as a new service is the same as normal Home::1”

At present AAISP have yet to resolve a capacity issue with TalkTalk’s back-haul supply across their core network and they won’t introduce the new service until that is fixed, which should happen later this month. It’s important not to confuse TalkTalk’s wholesale connectivity with their low rated retail ISP; the two are very different solutions.

However the appeal of AAISP’s new package, even given the provider’s reputation for strong customer support and business features, is likely to be a tough sell at £40 for just an ADSL / ADSL2+ based broadband connection. Plenty of other good quality ISPs will now do “unlimited” usage for significantly less than £40. But existing customers may welcome the upgrade.

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5 Responses
  1. RobertRM

    £50 a month is less than I was expecting. Mind you when you add on things like Exhanced care it’s still cheaper to go elsewhere.

  2. DTMark

    “slowing to 3Mb/s if you hit the limit”

    Giggle.. ADSL2+ wouldn’t even manage 3Mbps here anyway.

  3. Tim

    nobody cares, sky, BT even TalkTalk have unlimited packages for less.

  4. Jazzy

    I am paying £20 a month for Sky Fibre Pro at 68mb speed into the house plus £7.40 line rental total £27.40 because I threatened to go to PlusNet

    The internet is unlimited and it never cuts out or slows down. Why would you want to pay that

    • DTMark

      Ah, but AAISP will resell you a “better quality 68Mbps” 😉

      Less facetiously, when I looked at speed tests for this area, the one user with AAISP managed to get speeds slightly closer to the maximum attainable with their line than anyone else with other ISPs.

      Though IIRC they were only seeing something like 2Mbps anyway that being all the line could manage. They would be delighted if they were rewarded with an upgrade to 3Mbps after using lots of data 😉

      You *might* pay this if you’ve had bad experiences with support and were prepared to pay more for an ISP with good quality support. Or you had a preference, as some do, for supporting smaller companies.

      More facetiously perhaps: and if you were lucky enough to live within touching distance of the exchange so as to be able to actually get decent potential downstream speeds in the first place. And if you didn’t have access to good VDSL or Virgin Media or if you were satisfied with dreadful upstream speeds. And if having unlimited data despite having fairly to dreadfully poor speeds (ADSL) were a key priority. And if you had the money to spend.

      Otherwise, I’m not seeing it myself..

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