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Aquiss Further Reduce Price of 1Gbps Full Fibre GPON Biz Broadband

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 (11:20 am) - Score 1,035
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Shropshire-based ISP Aquiss has once again reduced the price of their symmetrical 1Gbps Fully Managed Business Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) “full fibre” broadband product to £330 +vat per month, which is now available across parts of 22 UK towns and cities.

The GPON service, which is NOT intended for ordinary residential consumers (it’s a different kind of product), makes use of Cityfibre’s Dark Fibre network in parts of Aberdeen, Bracknell, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Maidenhead, Northampton, Nottingham, Peterborough, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southend and Wakefield.

The service itself now costs from £257 +vat per month (down from £300) for the 500Mbps option or £330 for 1Gbps (down from £375), which includes uncontended unlimited usage, a 5 hour Service Level Agreement (use to be 6 hours), Static IP (V4/v6) address, 36 month contract and a free install (including all needed customer hardware). Service setup (lead time) typically takes 45 working days and this includes any site survey work required.

In addition, Aquiss has said they fully support the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (i.e. grants worth up to £2,500 towards the service) and are also further contributing £250 towards all installs, thus giving a further monthly discount of £76.00 from list pricing (e.g. this brings 500Mbps down to just £199 a month).

Martin Pitt, Managing Director of Aquiss, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“As a full fibre service akin to a fibre leased line, our GPON solution provides essential benefits to business customers. Unlimited usage, and the absence of upgrade charges and downtime when accessing up to Gigabit speeds gives you the flexibility you may seek; while our comprehensive Service Level Agreement, rapid return to service guarantee from our technical specialists underpins your need for reliability and connected confidence.”

The product is positioned between hybrid fibre/copper or FTTP broadband and more costly fibre Ethernet options, such as dedicated leased lines.

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar David Burns

    Interesting proposition, but it is a breach of the Government Gigabit Voucher scheme to subsidise the subscription in this way, so both Aquiss and any SME customers that use it could be committing fraud. The £2,500 voucher value can only be used for qualifying expenditure relating to installation.

    • Avatar Dave Burrows

      That was my first thought as well Dave. Amazing the amount of ISPs blatantly twisting the terms of the voucher schemes.

  2. Avatar Tom

    I’m curious about this statement ‘The GPON service, which is NOT intended for ordinary residential consumers’. I live abroad now in China and have FTTP, I have two at home from two providers and one is GPON one EPON, why isn’t this a consumer service? And what is it that Openreach are using to deploy FTTP?

    It works excellently. Interestingly it’s FTTP straight to your router (I.e. optical cable straight to the router, no separate modem like at home with FTTP). They’re seemingly not as fragile the cables as people make out.

    • I think the confusion here may stem from Aquiss calling it GPON, which is also the underlying technology for a lot of FTTP networks. The statement more reflects the fact that this is an uncontended business class product with a strong SLA. It’s not comparable to a normal residential package. It’s designed to power a small office, rather than a home.

    • Avatar Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry

      Fortunately, I have a small home office!

      It’d be enough to run my entire server load – but it also *costs* as much as leasing several servers in a datacenter to handle that load, transfer included. For the right business, though, this could be a good deal.

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