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ISP Aquiss to Stop Selling Copper Line ADSL Broadband Packages

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 (2:15 pm) - Score 2,667

Shropshire-based UK ISP Aquiss has today announced that they are to withdraw the ADSL and ADSL2+ based copper line broadband packages from sale to new customers from 31st December 2018. The provider will instead focus on selling faster hybrid-fibre (FTTC) and full fibre (FTTP / GPON) based services.

At a time where ADSL orders account for less than 3% of new sales for Aquiss, both within our consumer and business sectors, now is the right time to focus on our future products and plan the withdrawal of legacy packages,” said Martin Pitt, Managing Director of Aquiss.

Customers who are still on the provider’s ADSL based broadband packages will continue to be supported, although the ISP said they would be “proactive, where possible” in moving them to newer / faster solutions.

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14 Responses
  1. Avatar StillWaitingForSuperFast says:

    I hope that at least some ISPs continue to sell ADSL. At the moment I can get 7Mb/s with ADSL in my rural location but the FTTC estimate is only 1Mb/s since the cabinet is in Timbuktu (or might as well be). Until we can all get FTTP, announcements like this are like a slap in the face for the FTTC ‘havenots’.

    1. Avatar Jonathan says:

      If I was you I’d get a mobile router and a antenna and you will never look back you will have speeds in the 30 and uploads in the 15-20

    2. Avatar mike says:

      4G is no good if you play games

  2. Avatar Vince says:

    ADSL still accounts for a good % of our orders, FTTC is not available to everyone, in some cases is slower than ADSL, especially on EO conversion sites, and in some cases frankly makes no sense financially to someone.

  3. Avatar Tim says:

    If all xDSL services moved to the cabinets then speeds would be better for everyone (that connects to a cabinet)

    What stops this happening is LLU. in hindsight LLU was a bad idea. It stopped BT having control and now makes if harder to rip out the copper and replace with FTTP.

    1. Avatar Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry says:

      Really can’t agree, the situation in the USA shows you what happens when you allow monopolies. You’d just end up with both DSL *and* fibre being monopolies, with the latter available in the same places because it typically doesn’t make much sense trying to enter a competitor’s market.

    2. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      @Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry
      What you outline in the US is exactly what Ofcom are now creating within the UK with FTTP. There may be competition in some places but for most of the country there will only be one FTTP provider. Currently only OR allows you to select from a wide list of ISPs.
      Tim’s point relates to DSL technologies and that if BT had been able to manage their own network without interference they could have avoided the conflict of technologies on the same distribution cables. If we can isolate or remove ADSL then we can still introduce better FTTC speed and coverage in future by simply changing cards.

  4. Avatar tonyp says:

    @Meadmodj

    “If we can isolate or remove ADSL then we can still introduce better FTTC speed and coverage in future by simply changing cards.”

    How does that help if you are at the end of a long E.O. Line? Although my connected cabinet is so-called ‘superfast’ (presumably FTTC) I can only get (sometimes) 4Mb/Sec (though the hot weather has cut that by 25%) with ADSL. VDSL is only at 2Mbit/Sec on the same line according to the BT Wholesale website.

    1. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      There are many things that could and should have been done to resolve the EO line problem. If a cabinet has been installed on your EO line it may not be set at max because of ADSL interference or back reflection. OR rigidly stuck to installing VDSL at the PCP rather than further into the network at what would have been the SCP (buried joint) where appropriate. Its probably too late now but my point is that if OR tackle the EO lines and the long lines by FTTP there is still potential upgrades that would give those on FTTC better performance while they wait even longer for their FTTP.
      Now that fibre is now finally the OR first choice I hope EO lines will be the priority for their FTTP investment, particularly as most EO lines are, by definition, in the centre of our communities.

  5. Avatar RaptorX says:

    This is bad news for those of us stuck on cabinets that won’t be upgraded to fibre even though the exchange has it. I can just see the day when ADSL is no longer supported, but the cabinet remains so internet access could be removed completely in such a case.

    1. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      If this happens then theoretically all lines would become eligible for the USO which should hopefully encourage proactive investment in FTTP. It is Ofcom’s responsibility to ensure the right incentives are present. Ofcom have previously shown poor judgement and with such a low USO I think we will continue to have pockets of slow ADSL all over the place both rural and urban.

  6. Avatar Brian says:

    I’m certainly not holding my breath for OR to solve the longer line problem with FTTP.

    1. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      That’s why a FTTP only strategy and abandoning VDSL may not be good either. Some may be caught outside publicly funded rural FTTP, the planned FTTP rollouts by providers or the USO on cost/profit grounds. My view is that those on a slow ADSL service would be happy with an upgrade to a 60Mps service (or more on 35 profile) than wait to 2030 for their FTTP to arrive. So there is no reason why VDSL can’t provide a practical solution if placed further into the network where FTTP plans are way off. Think mini-cabinet (pillar).
      FTTP is not the responsibility of OR, they are ramping up but other providers will take their share. However OR do have the means to provide faster broadband in the interim for those with slower services and Ofcom should encourage it where appropriate including wholesale pricing etc.

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