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Openreach’s 330Mbps FTTP Special Offer to UK ISPs Extended Again

Thursday, Mar 28th, 2019 (8:26 am) - Score 6,745

Broadband ISPs that have taken Openreach’s (BT) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based 330Mbps (50Mbps upload) product at wholesale will be pleased to learn that the operator has extended their existing rental discount by six months until 30th September 2019, but not all providers will pass the savings on to end-users.

The 330/50 FTTP tier was originally introduced to match the top headline speed of the operator’s new hybrid fibre G.fast product and in October 2017 it was supported by a significant discount (here), which was only supposed to last for 12 months. Happily the discount was extended last year for another six months until 31st March 2019 (here) and they’ve just done the same again (here). (NOTE: FVA = Fibre Voice Access | PM = Per Month).

Connection Fee FTTP Transition Rental Price (pm) FTTP Data Rental Price (pm) FTTP Data + FVA Rental Price (pm)
Offer Price £92 £17.00 £25.39 £25.64
Standard Price £92 £29.61 £38 £38.25

As usual the above costs reflect what Openreach charges ISPs at wholesale and thus ISPs will of course still need to add their own costs for service delivery like VAT (20%), profit margins, data capacity and other bits in order to create the retail product that people go out and buy. Some ISPs offer their 330Mbps FTTP and G.fast tiers at a similar pricing level, which is no doubt supported by the above promotion.

The caveat here is that different ISPs adopt different models and not all will pass the savings on to consumers. Several ISPs offer FTTP services via Openreach’s national UK network including, for example, BT, Zen Internet, Freeola, Cerberus Networks, iDNET and AAISP etc.

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  1. Avatar photo FullFibre says:

    Happy to pay full price were it available.

    1. Avatar photo Neb says:

      You know that’s Wholesale pricing right? Consumer BT (or another BTOR seller) FTTP pricing is alot more.

      But generally agree with you, Full Fibre, get it!

    2. Avatar photo FullFibre says:

      Of course and yes end user FTTP pricing is more but what you get is so much more as well.

  2. Avatar photo Andy M says:

    I wish they hadn’t stopped the G.fast rollout. My area was due to get it after several other roads nearby got it then they stopped it. Royally p***ed off that they did that as being in a block of flats I will NEVER get FTTP.

    1. Avatar photo FullFibre says:

      Even if your cab is enabled there’s no saying you’ll be able to order. My cab just went live and coverage stops at about 180 Metres.

      Being a block of flats may be the reason you didn’t get it, FTTP would be more suitable. So maybe a blessing in disguise.

    2. Avatar photo Andy M says:

      It was actually scheduled for the road I live in and I’m only about 50 metres away from the cabinet. FTTP is unlikely because the majority of the road is flats so unfortunately it’s not a blessing for me.
      I enquired about G.fast and was told that I was close enough to the cabinet to order it as it was due to go live and then literally 2 weeks before they were going to roll it out, they pulled the plug on the whole thing. I was not best pleased. And I can’t even get virgin so I’m stuck with 66/20 (cabinet is at full capacity now but it was also due to be upgraded. Which was also cancelled )

    3. Avatar photo Joe says:

      fttb is ideal for flats – doubtless its a matter of time.

    4. Avatar photo A_Builder says:

      If you are in a nice tall block of flats with a riser then FTTP is quite likely to come to you via an Alt Net.

      That is their prime feeding ground round London.

      While I accept that FTTB is better in flats than PCP’s OR have chosen not to do this.

      TBH canning some of GFast, probably the stuff that would not work that well for many was a good things and not have GFast enhances the chances of FTTP arriving. Where I would be miserable was if I was my neighbour ca 10 doors down who cannot get GFast as he is too far from the cab (line lenght) but phyically close to the cab than I am. And as we have ‘have GFast’ nobody will be too interested in fibre on our street.

    5. Avatar photo Andy M says:

      I think my main frustration is that G.fast was scheduled and pulled. There’s no time table for FTTP/B planned for the roads near me anytime soon and by the time it does happen, I’ll likely have moved (3 years time) as BT have stated that it is not due over my way anytime soon.
      If G.fast was never planned then I wouldn’t mind but the fact it was only a couple of weeks away from going live is what frustrates me the most.
      Sure, I’d prefer direct to the property but I would have happily jumped to G.fast in the meantime.
      When you consider that not 20 miles away in Milton Keynes Vodafone is rolling out gigafast it really puts BT to shame.

    6. Avatar photo FullFibre says:

      Line bonding is an option if you really need the speed. As you plan to move you wouldn’t have to pay the higher cost forever either.

  3. Avatar photo CarlT says:

    Good, but how about a discount on the 500M / 1G variants too and, indeed, getting shot of the crappy ECI OLTs and replacing them with kit that isn’t in the ridiculous situation of having 2.4G/1.2G GPON ports going out to customers and only 1G ports for backhaul deeper into the network.

    Yes, they are that absurd.

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