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UK ISP Aquiss Moves to Retire ADSL Broadband Packages

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 (2:31 pm) - Score 1,120
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Shropshire-based UK ISP Aquiss has today announced that they intend to withdraw their old copper line ADSL and ADSL2+ based broadband packages from 31st December 2019. Existing customers will continue to be supported but their main focus will now be on fibre-based FTTC, FTTP / FTTH and GPON products.

The announcement comes after a similar development was confirmed by Vodafone, which intends to completely retire their legacy Bulldog unbundled (LLU) ADSL broadband network from 15th of November 2019 (here). No doubt we’ll see more ISPs going down this route in the future as consumers increasingly upgrade to hybrid fibre and full fibre lines.

The move toward all-IP networks and cost changes at the wholesale level also represent some of the other driving forces behind such changes (e.g. Ofcom has made Openreach’s 40Mbps FTTC tier a lot cheaper).

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

“We originally announced back in August 2018 that we planned to place a stop sale of new ADSL orders from December 31st 2018, which at the time accounted for less than 3% of new sales for Aquiss. Following that decision and feedback we received at that time, we reviewed the original stop date and extended it to December 31st 2019.”

As ADSL orders now only account for just 0.5% of new orders for Aquiss, we can now confirm that December 31st 2019 will be the confirmed final stop sale date for both ADSL and ADSL on both 20CN and 21CN platforms.”

Obviously such news is likely to be seen as a negative by those who have yet to receive any fibre based broadband availability in their areas, although that gap is continuing to shrink.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar anon

    Internet in Shropshire is absolutely terrible.

  2. Avatar Lee

    What happen to those customers who unable to get faster on FTTC than ADSL2+?

    • Avatar Kevin

      I’m guessing you’ll have to use another company…

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      It will soon be a choice of BT, Plusnet, or John Lewis for ADSL/ADSL2+. In effect it already is, as the other ISPs that still offer ADSL charge more for it than most people will pay. You may get better service and/or features with the other ISPs, but the (low) speed will be the same.

  3. Avatar Gary

    If all providers go down this route in the near future will ofcom then force openreach to fibre up the forgotten adsl copper only cabinets that they say they can’t afford to upgrade?.

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      No, the USO is there to ensure everyone can get a 10Mbps down 1Mbps up connection(even if they sometimes have to pay a small fortune towards the build costs).

    • Avatar Gary

      And if the uso gets raised to 20 meg down and 2 meg up?

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      If the USO gets raised (I think it will happen in some years time) I’m sure there will be an opportunity to pay some more to meet that.
      Of course, in many cases when USO is invoked to get a faster connection it will be much faster than the minimum. And in many cases it will come in under the cost threshold – especially if delivered by 4G.

  4. Avatar Mike

    If your on ADSL just use 4G….

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