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Openreach Unveil Major UK Price Cut of 330Mbps FTTP Ultrafast Broadband

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 (1:34 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 2,334)
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Openreach (BT) has today proposed to cut the wholesale rental price of their mid-tier 330Mbps (50Mbps upload) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) “ultrafast broadband” lines, which will make the service cheaper to buy for a 12 month period and that could help to encourage greater uptake.

The 330/50 FTTP tier, which is designed to match the top headline rate of the operator’s fastest G.fast product, was only recently announced and hasn’t yet been made formally available to ISPs (here). However today’s announcement confirms that the price for this service is set to drop significantly from 1st October 2017 and the cheaper rate will then be “made available … for a limited term of 12 months.”

The Discounted Price

Variants Connection Price FTTP Transition Rental
(per month)
FTTP Data Rental
(per month)
FTTP Data + [Fibre Voice Access] Rental
(per month)
330 / 50 £92 £17.00 £25.39 £25.64

The Previously Announced Price

Variants Connection Price FTTP Transition Rental
(per month)
FTTP Data Rental
(per month)
FTTP Data + [Fibre Voice Access] Rental
(per month)
330 / 50 £92 £29.61 £38.00 £38.25

The tier being targeted above is considered to be more attractive to residential consumers with a thirst for “ultrafast broadband” performance (Openreach’s top 500Mbps and 1Gbps FTTP tiers are generally too expensive to be considered viable as home broadband packages), which might help to boost take-up as the roll-out of their “full fibre” network gathers pace.

At present Openreach is aiming to make their FTTP service available to 2 million premises by 2020, albeit mostly consisting of new build homes and businesses. The operator is also in the process of consulting on a “large-scale” deployment of pure fibre optic lines, possibly to as many as 10 million premises by around 2025 (here).

Openreach Statement

For any new 330/50Mbps connection ordered during this period, the rental price will be reduced for a period of 12 months starting from the date of connection.

Changes to the Openreach Price List will be notified in due course once the launch date of these FTTP variants is confirmed. A minimum 28-days’ notice will be provided.

As usual these are the costs that Openreach charges ISPs and internet service providers’ will of course need to add their own costs for service delivery, VAT (20%), profit margins, data capacity and other bits in order to create the product that you or I can go out and buy. Never the less a price cut like this is certain to be passed on to new customers.

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  1. adslmax Real

    Shame on Openreach for no pricing reduced for all FTTPoD products. FTTP is only around 10% in UK. Pretty worthless in my view.

    • Lee

      Why are you bothered?

      You have Virgin.

    • fastman

      Adslmax as articulated on this more times than i care to mention FOD Is a a bespoke product requiring significan network Build — next you’ll be asking rolls Royce to offer you a Rolls price for a mini because only 1% of the uk drives a rolls Royce and you can’t get one

    • adslmax Real

      FTTPoD is better true fibre optic as Virgin Media isn’t 100% true fibre!

    • Lee

      Better how?

      A line on Openreach’s 200meg FTTP vs a virgin coax 200meg service should see no difference in performance, providing backhaul capacity is available.

    • Ix

      Agreed, shame there’s no FTTPoD reduction.

  2. MikeHunt

    Is there any way to get this if you have a regular FTTC enabled cabinet but with FTTPoD available?

    (Obviously requiring manual installation, digging/ducting etc.)

    • Lee

      No.

      You’d need to pay for for installatipn, have the service for 3 years at £350 a month and only then can you drop to a native FTTP product, by which time, this special offer will be gone.

    • adslmax Real

      FluidoNe do offer FTTPoD but only for business as they do credit check via company check to see if you are entitled.

  3. MikeW

    It seems to me utterly predictable that the same speed, same monthly price, and same discount will all be part of the G.Fast product when it is launched.

    And almost as predictable that G.Fast will launch on the same date, 1st October.

    • adslmax Real

      G.Fast are expecting to live next Spring for the rest of uk G.Fast who already got a roll out g.fast pod their pcp cabinets but pricing is not yet known.

    • Lee

      What’s your source on that max?

      Openreach have said previously it’s aimed for an Autumn 2017 launch.

    • JustAnotherFileServer

      With the G.Fast pods now popping up in various locations I doubt it will be as long as Spring next year. In the past BT has used September to release new products

    • MikeW

      Pricing not yet known, but it’ll be almost impossible to justify different prices from native FTTP.

      We know the government & Ofcom are trying to push the “we need fibre” message, while BT push back with the “just look at the speed; the tech behind it is immaterial” message.

      If BT want to stay consistent with that message, then they need to charge the same price for the same speed, immaterial of the medium used. Or perhaps, even, charge less for copper.

    • Steve Jones

      @MikeW

      Surely the logic should be that if g.fast is cheaper to deploy, and has lower costs, that ought to be reflected in the wholesale charges. That way customers ought to see some financial benefit from the use of a more cost-effective technology. Of course it gets complicated when you consider new builds where the deployment costs of FTTP ought to be similar to copper and cheaper for BB as it doesn’t require g.fast nodes.

    • MikeW

      @Steve
      That’s why I added the “Or, perhaps” sentence at the end.

      I suspect that, in the end, the idea of single national pricing overrides some of these thoughts.

    • NGA for all

      Steve, At some point the costs of copper gain kit and the cost of deploying direct fibre access kit where copper gain does not work need to be averaged together.

  4. Matt

    What ISPs even offer FTTP (non oD) ?

    • baby_frogmella

      From the top of my head: BT (both consumer & business), Zen, AAISP, IDNet. There will definitely be more but these are the well known ones.

  5. Peter

    Is there anyone at all you can even order the 500mbps or 1gbps FTTP products from?

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