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GTC Add 5th ISP to FTTH Broadband Network for New Build UK Homes

Monday, April 24th, 2017 (8:20 am) - Score 2,120

Utility infrastructure provider GTC (Brookfield Utilities UK) has announced that their ultrafast 300Mbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network, which is deployed for new build homes in the United Kingdom, has added a fifth ISP, Pure Broadband, to its open-access platform.

At present it’s already possible to buy related services via four different ISPs including Seethelight, VFast, Direct Save Telecom and Love Your Broadband. At this point the eagle eyed among you will notice that those providers make use of the Independent Fibre Networks (IFNL) platform, which is of course also a part of the Brookfield Utilities UK (BUUK) group.

Meanwhile Pure Broadband has tended to be more focused on providing a wireless broadband service to premises in Hull. However the ISP recently branched out to work with Cityfibre in the same area, which allowed them to harness the operator’s local Gigabit capable FTTP network for business connectivity (here). Now they appear to have taken that knowledge and adopted FTTH for new build homes on GTC’s network.

Joe Tandey, Operations Director at Pure Broadband, said:

“Joining GTC’s network gives us the opportunity to reach more homeowners with our unique broadband offering. We feel that their open-access policy is the way that all networks should operate because of the choice it gives new home buyers.”

Tom Brough, GTC’s Sales and Marketing Director, said:

“Housebuilders want to ensure their new homeowners have a wide choice of providers so they can decide which service and products will meet their particular/individual needs rather than having this dictated by the network owner. Just as GTC’s networks have always offered choice of supplier for gas and electricity, we are proud to provide that same freedom to our fibre customers. It is an aspiration that we are fully committed to and that we know holds a strong appeal for new housebuilders and their customers.”

Customers able to take advantage of this network can expect to pay from £24.50 per month for a 30Mbps (5Mbps upload) service on a 12 month contract with “unlimited” usage (Fair Usage Policy), which rises to £64.50 per month if you want their top 300Mbps (30Mbps upload) package. On top of that there’s also a standard one-off connection fee of £140, which becomes “free” if you buy one of the ISP’s high-spec Asus routers at a discount price.

Unsurprisingly the package options are quite similar between all of the network’s five ISPs, with only small variations in price or service features. As usual there’s no need to take copper line rental when you buy a pure fibre optic service.

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