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BT Openreach Offer FREE FTTC “Fibre Broadband” Upgrades to Faster Tiers

Monday, February 27th, 2017 (2:09 pm) - Score 2,545
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Openreach (BT) has launched a new special offer for ISPs across the United Kingdom, which will allow customers on slower speed Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) based broadband lines to be upgraded to a faster tier for no extra charge (valid for orders between 1st April and 30th September 2017).

Normally ISPs have to pay a small one-off “bandwidth modify” charge of £11.25 +vat per line when upgrading their existing FTTCfibre broadband” customers to a faster tier, such as when moving from an ‘up to’ 40Mbps (2Mbps upload) profile to an 80Mbps (20Mbps upload) one. However this will soon be removed for a period of six months. There are no special terms and ISPs don’t need to apply for the offer.

Openreach Statement

We’re launching this special offer to financially support our customers in their efforts to provide enhanced broadband experience over higher fibre speeds.

CPs can take advantage of the offer, for bandwidth upgrades, that are ordered between Saturday 1 April and Saturday 30 September 2017 inclusive.

Quite a few ISPs already choose to absorb the “bandwidth modify” charge rather than pass it into their subscribers. Meanwhile a lot of people often pick the slower 40Mbps tier precisely because their copper line might not be able to cope with anything faster. As such we can’t see this having a big impact on the market, but it is still a useful change.

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  1. Avatar fiberfresh

    Another non-story. Another puff-piece for BT Group.

    Why no coverage of the BIG stories this week? Maybe because they are less than favourable towards BT Group?

    Ofcom’s Sharon White has just returned from Barcelona. Where she headed a delegation to meet telco leaders there to discuss FTTP rollout in Spain.

    The regulatory framework in Spain has helped create an immensely successful FTTP story for the nation. By end of 2017, Spain will boast a full 70% FTTP coverage.

    White was on a fact-finder. Learning from her Spanish counterparts how regulation has played a key role in securing Spain’s FTTP success.

    From the FT:

    “Spain is expected to have run fibre lines to 70 per cent of the country’s premises by 2017 with Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone all investing in their own cables. BT owns Openreach, which controls the national broadband network, and has instead put its weight behind a technology called G.fast that uses copper..”

    That’s the first big missing story. Another one noteworthy by its omission here, are the comments from Mark Evans, CEO of Telefonica, owner of the O2 UK mobile network.

    “Spain’s Telefónica says UK needs more fibre in its broadband diet — Mobile chief puzzled at lack of competition, slow progress by Ofcom on cable to homes

    Telefónica has stepped up the pressure on Ofcom to stimulate more competition in the British broadband market, claiming that the UK is being left behind in the laying of fibre-optic cables…

    Mark Evans, chief executive of Telefónica UK, which trades as O2, said he was “puzzled” Britain was so far behind Spain in the provision of fibre lines running directly to the home, given it is a larger economy. “I am bemused about where we are. I put that down to the state of competition,” he said.

    —-

    Two very big stories in telecoms, both covered in the financial and technical press. Yet not a whisper here? Perhaps because neither story is flattering towards BT Group? It’s not like hawk-eyed Mark Jackson could have missed them both!

    No wonder some see this website as little more than a propaganda cut-out for BT Group. Regurgitating BT corporate press releases as “news”. While airbrushing and censoring much critical coverage of BT Group!

    Ahh, dear!

    • Avatar CarlT

      How’s it unflattering to BT that they haven’t had to deploy more FTTP because, Virgin Media excepted, none of the competition have either?

      ‘“Spain is expected to have run fibre lines to 70 per cent of the country’s premises by 2017 with Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone all investing in their own cables…”‘

      Where are our Orange and Vodafone investing in their own cables, pushing BT to do the same?

      I imagine Sharon White found that her predecessors in Ofcom are the major reason there’s less FTTP in the UK. While LLU gutted returns on investment in the UK, Telefonica were treated somewhat differently by the regulator, leaving a gap in the market for their competitors who were willing to invest in building their own infrastructure.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      @Fiberfresh
      You omitted to mention that Telefonica and Vodafone have enjoyed regulatory protection in Spain, don’t really compete with each other and have not had to offer wholesale access to their networks. Strangely they also omit to mention that in their UK lobbying, how odd.

      Perhaps Ms White will return with a new zeal to develop an evidence-based regulatory framework rather than continuing on her current path of economically-illiterate pronouncements.

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