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Openreach Cuts 100Mb and 1Gb Ethernet Access Prices Again UPDATE

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 (7:44 am) - Score 10,171
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Network access provider Openreach (BT) has announced a number of special offers and general price reductions across their business focused Ethernet access products, which primarily impacts connection fees and rentals on their 100Mbps and 1Gbps tiers.

The reductions all are due to come into effect from 1st April 2018 and reflect discounts that range from around -25% to -3%. For example, the rental on a standard Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) 1Gbps line will go from £2,850 +vat to £2,460 +vat and meanwhile the one-off new connection price of an EAD 100Mbps service has temporarily been cut by £450.

Full details of the latest reductions can be found online. A number of related Main Link price reductions are also impacting their WES, WEES and BES based Ethernet services, which will make the services cheaper to deploy over distance.

UPDATE 8:05am

It’s worth pointing out that the EAD 100Mb reductions for connection fees actually appears to represent a price rise because the service was previously on a more dramatic special offer until 31st March 2018 (here), which attracted a single fixed fee of just £656 (ECC).

UPDATE 6th March 2018

Openreach has also added some Ethernet Access Direct 10Gb price reductions, which will begin from 3rd April 2018 (here).

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar Bill

    This is quite misleading – since November last year there has been a special offer running which means EAD install is £656 as opposed to £1925.

    So after that offer ends (March 2018), prices will effectively be going *up* to £1,425 until Oct 2018 at which point they will go up again to £1,875.

    Rental does go down a teeny weeny bit.

  2. EAD mainlink prices drop too, makes getting to some more remote locations much cheaper…

  3. Avatar Bill

    If a contract is already running with a leased line provider, will they benefit from these reductions? Or do they only apply to new contracts?

  4. Avatar Paul Botham

    Why do people still go “direct” when you can buy so much cheaper from the likes of http://www.leasedlineandmpls.co.uk The above pricing seems sky high! This is not a price cut but a marketing ploy in my opinion. Too many companies are still paying way too much for their leased line when they can get the exact same line from other sources but still retain the BT infrastructure.

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