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Friday, Dec 16th, 2016 (7:48 am) - Score 1,154

Openreach (BT) will shortly begin offering ISPs 6 months of free rental on new PCP Only (Self-Install) FTTC / VDSL2 based “fibre broadband” connections when taken as a Simultaneous Provide service (e.g. broadband and phone line rental at the same time), but only on “eligible [street] cabinets“.

A similar promotion was offered to ISPs last month (here), but that didn’t apply to Simultaneous Provide (SIM) installations and was only applicable to those who receive slow sub-10Mbps speeds via their existing copper lines (e.g. ADSL). This may have been useful for Openreach’s 18Mbps profile trial (here) or their separate testing of Long Reach VDSL (here).

However the new promotion doesn’t impose any eligibility criteria in terms of line speed and is also applicable to all of Openreach’s 40-80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet broadband tiers, when taken with SIM.

Special offer details:

* It’ll run for three months from Wednesday 1st February until Sunday 30th April 2017 inclusive.

* Eligible lines will benefit from six months free rental on new FTTC connections across 40/2Mbps, 40/10Mbps, 55/10Mbps and 80/20Mbps speed tiers.

* The discount is applicable to brand new [Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)] and [Metallic Path facility (MPF)] provides and WLR and MPF Start of Stopped lines, which are more than 90 days old.

* It can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

The key phrase in all this is “eligible NGA cabinets” and Openreach’s briefing, which normally clarifies the context of such promotions, doesn’t offer any public information on which areas are likely to benefit from the discount. We put the question to Openreach after end-of-play yesterday afternoon (a bit too late for a reply) and are awaiting further details.

At present our strong suspicion is that the offer could be mated to the forthcoming extension of Openreach’s LR-VDSL trial into Ashcott (Somerset) and Peatling Magna (Leicestershire) during early 2017, although this doesn’t strictly have to be taken as a SIM provide but it may be a way to help encourage locals off ADSL (LR-VDSL works best when ADSL is switched off). A deployment of their 18Mbps tier could be another possible reason.

We highly doubt that Openreach would be willing to gift 6 months of free FTTC rental to ISPs for the whole of the United Kingdom, so expect an update to this news when BT responds. As usual we should point out that it’s entirely up to ISPs whether discounts like this are passed on.

UPDATE 2:48pm

Openreach has said that the offer will be “available on a select number of cabinets nationwide“, although they wouldn’t be drawn on which locations may benefit and suggested that it is not to do with any of their technical trials.

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