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ISP Freeola Add FTTP Option to UK Ultrafast Broadband Packages

Monday, August 13th, 2018 (9:11 am) - Score 3,568

Internet and hosting provider Freeola has followed the recent launch of their G.fast plans by adding a new range of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based home “ultrafast broadband” packages to their line-up, which offer average peak time download speeds of either 140Mbps or 290Mbps.

The new “full fibre” packages from Freeola are based off Openreach’s (BT) national FTTP network and it should be noted that at present this only covers 631,000 UK premises, although it’s expected to reach 3 million premises by the end of 2020 and then there’s an aspiration for 10 million by around 2025.

Customers can expect to receive totally unlimited usage, email, website and domain hosting, a static IP address, 12 month contract, UK based support, automatic Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) filtering to reduce cyber-attacks and there’s also a one-off activation fee to pay “from” £62.40 inc. VAT. Take note that this is a standalone broadband service (i.e. no phone required).

Unlimited Full Fibre Broadband (160/30)
Average Download 140Mbps
Average Upload 25Mbps

PRICE: £59.99 per month

Unlimited Full Fibre Broadband (330/50)
Average Download 290Mbps
Average Upload 40Mbps

PRICE: £74.99 per month

Sadly there’s no free router, although you can select a discounted one (-£15 off the price) and you can also get 3 months of free service by pre-paying for a year in advance. In addition, new customers will also receive £12 back every month to spend on a choice of Freeola’s website and email hosting services.

We note that Freeola’s FTTP tiers are roughly £5 more expensive than their similar speed G.fast options, although G.fast requires a copper phone line and is less reliable (performance wise).

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18 Responses
  1. Avatar Simon says:

    “Average Download 290Mbps”

    Yet VM do 385Mbps for £48 a month – okay so the upload is not the same but it’s coming i’m sure.

    Maybe it is a good thing they are stopping this

  2. Avatar A_Builder says:

    @Simon

    Stopping what?

    Nobody is stopping any FTTP builds.

  3. Avatar un4h731x0rp3r0m says:

    A bit confusing why there is such a discrepancy between the Average and Full speed quoted.

    Is it normal for Openreach based FTTP to run 12% slower than its top speed?

    1. Avatar Martin Pitt - Aquiss says:

      Averages are the new ASA required figures that are unique to each ISP and not the averages across the Openreach network.

    2. Avatar Freeola says:

      Nope. It’s just a conservative average at the moment as there aren’t enough users to give a meaningful ASA peak time average speed, although technically just having 1 user achieving 330Mbps at peak times would allow us show that as the average speed if they were the only FTTP customer.

    3. Avatar occasionally factual says:

      @Freeola

      You really need to get your company details added to the Openreach launch page for Ultrafast providers at https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/ultrafast-broadband/ultrafast-fibre-buy-it-now as you will miss sales opportunities by not been shown there.

  4. Avatar C gillan says:

    I’m paying £69.99 for fttp on bt for 330/50 speeds but also gain a voice over fibre phone line which I very much doubt freeola offer.

    1. Avatar Mo says:

      Where do you live. In London I don’t have this option.

    2. Avatar Cdg says:

      I’m in Shropshire in a house built in the 1920s and my street was made fttp in 2013 by open reach. I was on 80/20 for a few years but they have made a new tier 330/50 to match the g.fast top tier which I took up a few months ago. Odd thing is they have since made my local cabinet fibre so now I also have the option of the slower fttc. Bt do have plans to make the whole of the UK full fibre in the next 12 years.

    3. Avatar Cdg says:

      Fttp options only show up if you live in a postcode that it’s available in.

      Bt have 4 not so well known tiers
      Bt infinity 3 & 4 and the new ultra fast 1 & 2

  5. Avatar Ya boy fibre says:

    My eye is on hyperoptic, with FTTP/FTTH I expect 1Gbp/s, not something which existing copper providers can give.

    1. Avatar Cdg says:

      Problem is they use their own fttp and not open reaches and that it’s only available in a hand full of areas.

  6. Avatar Piers says:

    So I guess FTTP is only for people that live in areas not covered by Virgin, right?

    That’s the only way I can explain the ridiculous price gouging.

    £75 for 280mb is just insane, I pay £38 for 300mb.

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      In fairness this is less the fault of Freeola and more a result of the wholesale FTTP solution that Openreach supply, which makes it very difficult for smaller ISPs to make a profit without charging quite a hefty rental.

      The challenge for Openreach and BT Wholesale is that they need to make a profit too and yet the cost to them of deploying FTTP is huge, not forgetting all the regulatory burdens they face in other areas.

    2. Avatar Cdg says:

      It is expensive compared to virgin but that’s only really available in the major towns, open reach fttp is popping up in the littlest places, even villages are getting it. Wholesale price of fttp is abit cheaper now so expect a price war to happen in the next year. I fully expect it to go up to 1gb in the next few years, was talking to a guy from open reach and was told the network could go miles faster that the 330/50 limit.

    3. Avatar Freeola says:

      Indeed, there are tiers all that way up to 1Gbps for FTTP. Some people will see that on the wholesale checker. Not something we’ll be offering yet though.

    4. Avatar Cdg says:

      Yeah 1gb for everyone using the fttp standard open reach fttp will happen, other companies like talktalk and sky have done it in York using pretty much the same technology. I fully expect bt and all other providers to offer something the same soon. 330/50 is fast but it’s won’t look good up against hyperoptic and the other smaller companies that offer 1gb.

  7. Avatar Andrew Carn says:

    York residents have access to TalkTalk FTTP network 1Gbps up and down connection. Current price is £25pm this includes line rental.

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