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

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 (7:44 am) - Score 10,490

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. Bill says:

    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.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Good spot, will make a note above. However it looks like that was only on their 100Mb service.

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

  3. Bill says:

    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?

    1. Rob Heath says:

      Most providers will provide the service at the contracted rate. When you come to the end of the contract you can use the information to negotiate a reduction.

    2. Bill says:

      My question is more about whether the _provider_ gets the new prices immediately or only when a customer takes out a new contract.

    3. wireless pacman says:

      The provider gets them straight away automatically Bill.

    4. Jonny says:

      EAD is usually bought on a one-year term by the provider so they benefit from the price changing the next time it needs to renew.

    5. Bill says:

      Thanks chaps.

    6. wireless pacman says:

      Not at “renew” time Jonny, straight away.

  4. Paul Botham says:

    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.

  5. Paul Botham says:

    Please feel free to contact me paulb@2connect.co.uk

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