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Jurassic Fibre’s OLT for 1Gbps Broadband in Exmouth is Live

Monday, April 27th, 2020 (8:21 am) - Score 3,779
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Full fibre UK ISP Jurassic Fibre, which aspires to cover 350,000 premises with a 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in South West England (here), seems to be making good progress and their first Optical Line Terminal (OLT) in Exmouth has just gone live (expected to serve 14,000 premises in the town).

The 5 year demand-led build project, which is being supported by £250m from Fern Trading Limited, only recently began and is initially working its way down in Devon from around Clyst St Mary and Farringdon in the north (Phase 1 Route) – where they covered a patch between Exeter Airport and the Sowton Industrial Estate – to Lympstone and then Exmouth on the south coast.

A quick look at the local street works plan shows that a lot of activity has been taking place along the aforementioned fibre route during April 2020. Indeed they’re already starting to dig routes inside Exmouth to help connect local premises (homes and businesses), at a later date, to the primary OLT cabinet (pictured), which itself is now live.

Assuming all keeps going to plan then the new full fibre network should be live around parts of Exmouth during this “summer“, which will be their first large town. The first customers can then expect to pay from £35 per month (1st month free) for an unlimited 50Mbps (10Mbps upload) package and up to £100 for their top 1Gbps (200Mbps upload) tier. Standard installation is free, although some “non-standard” installs may cost £250.

At present there’s only a tiny bit of FTTP in Exmouth from rival Openreach (BT), although the same operator has deployed quite a bit of their inferior but still 330Mbps capable (in some areas) hybrid fibre G.fast technology. Some of the prices for this are not dissimilar to Jurassic Fibre’s options, which could make for an interesting battle.

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  1. Avatar tim says:

    50/10Mbps is a very low speed to be offering on full-fibre. Minimum should be 100/25Mbps for that price.

    Maybe they could simply drop their 50Mbps and 150Mbps packages and add a £40 100/25Mbps package. I’d expect they’d then see better uptake.

    Then if someone really needs the speed they can pay top dollar to upgrade to 500Mbps or 1Gbps.

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Does it matter? The future being fibre doesn’t change the fact that some people will only ever need a very basic connection because they aren’t doing much with it. You could argue that there’s a similarly strong argument for offering an even slower but cheaper entry-point. The key point though is choice and the fact that the network can go faster if or when you need it to.

    2. Avatar tim says:

      Yes it matters because to be successful they will need good take-up which means they need to get the price right.

      The top product is too expensive and the bottom is too slow.

    3. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I take your point but given that much of the area they’re passing through is largely rural then they also need to find a balance between affordability and sustainable economics. This is not a big company like Sky, Vodafone or BT, so they can’t afford to subsidise too heavily. Clearly they’ve done the numbers and tried to find the best balance for their model.

    4. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      Setting the right price points must be very difficult.

      Currently in the location they have chosen their main competitor is of course Openreach FTTP/ADSL. Despite having a technically superior product they presumably need to set them at a level to maximise the % take-up and cover their base costs in the first instance. In addition they need to manage the initial back haul and OLT capacity for the more business market. So for them the priority may be to increase their dominance/publicity in the area and use small differentials in price/service for those wishing to pay more.

      They will no doubt revise their prices going forward particularly as they expand and may come into competition with VM and Openreach FF which is active to the South.

    5. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      Sorry Openreach FF are to the West.

    6. Avatar joe says:

      They targeted a wedge between fttp etc from BT. Its quite a decent looking plan.

      They have spent/advertised widely in areas they are a long way from deploying anything which is interesting. Suggests they are thinking quite long term…

    7. Avatar NE555 says:

      “50/10Mbps is a very low speed to be offering on full-fibre. Minimum should be 100/25Mbps for that price.”

      The comparison is surely BT 50/10 Fibre 1 at £28 per month – it requires a 24 month contract and a £10 up-front fee.

      However, for people in the JF footprint who only have ADSL as the only other option (which from BT is also £28 per month), having real fibre at 50/10 for a few quid extra will be very attractive.

      Certainly JF could provide higher speeds at that price point, but they’d be reducing demand for their faster products. They need to recover their investment somehow.

    8. Avatar A_Builder says:

      As @MJ says the main thing is that the fibre is there.

      What happens price wise will be down to market competition.

      And I do agree with you that their prices will have to come down a bit and speeds go up a fair bit. But that won’t come until overbuild is close at hand.

      Which is why some degree of overlap/overbuild is rather important.

      Ultimately if they have got their pitch very wrong they will fail and be bought up by one of the larger operators.

      I don’t think they will fail if they adjust to market conditions. And the beauty of fibre is that they can have a meeting and implement changes to packages that week.

  2. Avatar FibreBubble says:

    Don’t see services that are slower and more expensive than existing offerings already available in Exmouth generating much demand. Obviously the higher speed services are going to generate next to no demand.

    Do we know if the £79 cease charge is payable outside minimum term?

  3. Avatar 5G_Infinity says:

    Interesting that they target Exmouth which has one of the highest, if not the highest populations of elderly pensioners in Devon – most of whom don’t use broadband, many don’t have a mobile.

  4. Avatar Eddie Sutherland says:

    So Gigaclear failed to deliver under BDUK and these guys stepped in and got it done. We now just need to get the whole town covered with FTTP and knock BT into touch they are so slow to react. I have been chasing them for over a year for FTTP and all they will offer is a business connection at £300 a month and a £499 install cost that all of the other surrounding properties ca then get connected too. Openreach are a waste of space.

  5. Avatar Nicola says:

    Is this part of the 5G rollout?

    1. Avatar Paul H says:

      No! Absolutely nothing to do with 5G mobile.
      This is Broadband internet although I dare say it will be possible to use the fibre to help when it does go live.

    2. Avatar MikeP says:

      No.

      So no excuse to torch it.

      It is worth pointing out that it does use higher-energy radiation then 5G – visible/near infra-read light, as opposed to radio frequencies. But even this is lower energy than the actually, proven, dangerous electromagnetic radiation which is everywhere when you step out of the house – ultraviolet.

      Oh, and the radiation is kept inside glass fibres, so no risk there either. Unless you cut into the fibre and peer down it. And they don’t leak, either. If they did, the radiation would never get to the end user.

  6. Avatar Dudley says:

    Tariffs have now changed. https://jurassic-fibre.com/packages

    New basic package, Smart Home 30(Mbps) for £25, and what was 50Mbps is now Smart Home 100(Mbps)for £35 and upwards to Smart Home 950 for £95.

    I’m in Exmouth and my fibre is being installed mid July.

  7. Avatar Richard says:

    Elderly pensioners don’t use BB eh? Who dreamed that one up; I fit in that category and so does my neighbour and a couple of friends, we all use BB all the time. Now what I really need to know is does the £35 pack include a telephone land line not wishing to waste my pension on a mobile phone which is of little use to me.

    1. Avatar Nigel Day says:

      No, it doesn’t include a landline. For me, that’s a benefit. Why pay around £20 per month for something I don’t use?

      You’d need to use the broadband for phone calls. It’s called VOIP (voice over IP). You need a contract with one of the various VOIP providers (I’ve seen one for £3/m with no calls included). Doubtless Jurassic will start offering a ‘landline’ option like this in the near future.

  8. Avatar Jon says:

    As as 60+ year old Exmouth resident I’ve just submitted my request for a JF survey. They’ve already run the cables through our housing development, so I’m assuming that the t-off to our property should be straight forward.

    However, I am expecting to receive their £250 installation charge as I want my “router” on the middle floor of our 3 storey house.

    I’m planning to go for the 500 MB/s package (currently receiving 55 MB/s from BT) in advance of receiving my XBox Series X in November. If the new games are 100 GB+ downloads then I’m not sure that 55 MB/s will hack it.

    The beauty of JF, as far as I’m concerned, is that they run on a 30 day rolling contract, so if BT do run fibre past my house, and it is better priced than JF, then I’m not tied to a 24 month contract.

    Watch this space…

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