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Broadband ISP Pulse8 Add UK G.fast and Gigabit FTTP Packages

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 (7:56 am) - Score 1,783

UK ISP Pulse8 Broadband has joined other providers in launching a variety of new “ultrafast broadband” packages based off Openreach’s G.fast technology, as well as a full suite of plans using their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which includes the top 1000Mbps tier. But unlike others these are all 1 month contract terms.

As usual Pulse8’s various packages come with unlimited usage, UK support and line rental (where required), although they don’t bundle in a free router so you’ll need to use your own (several paid options are offered). But the main advantage with Pulse8 is that they’ve taken somewhat of a risk and appear to be offering both of their new hybrid fibre G.fast and full fibre FTTP based packages on a short 1 month (30 day) minimum contract term.

NOTE: We assume Pulse8’s G.fast service includes Openreach’s modem as part of the install (since some of Pulse8’s paid router options don’t integrate G.fast), but it’s unclear.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the aforementioned contract term, Pulse8’s packages aren’t the cheapest but then the added flexibility does somewhat make up for that. Likewise there’s no discount pricing, so this is perhaps more akin to the post-contract pricing on other ISPs and in that sense it’s not too far off a few of those, but smaller providers will often struggle to match the big boys (economics of scale etc.).

G.Fast Standard Home (160Mbps / 30Mbps)
PRICE: £48 inc. VAT per month

G.Fast Ultimate Home (330/50)
PRICE: £57 per month

FTTP (115/20)
PRICE: £51 per month

FTTP (220/30)
PRICE: £63 per month

FTTP (330/50)
PRICE: £72 per month

FTTP (550/75)
PRICE: £99 per month

FTTP (1000/115)
PRICE: £150 per month

We have a few other things to point out here. Firstly, Pulse8 don’t seem to display any speeds alongside the G.fast tiers and so we’ve used their maximum profiles. Secondly, the speeds mentioned alongside their FTTP tiers are also maximums rather than the required average speeds (i.e. a median as measured during peak time), so bare that in mind.

In terms of the G.fast setup charge, if you’re migrating from FTTC then it’s free, but otherwise a one-off charge of between £49.50 and £129 may be applicable depending on the type of upgrade or if it’s a brand new line install. By comparison a single £99 activation fee applies to all FTTP orders.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar New_Londoner

    @MarkJ
    In terms of the lack of advertised average speeds, is this perhaps because they’ve only just started offering the packages so don’t yet have data to support actual average speeds? Presumably the rules accommodate such circumstances for a short period?

  2. Avatar Iain

    Interesting that their G.Fast is cheaper than FTTP for equivalentish speeds. I know the FTTP will be more reliable, but I thought the wholesale pricing was very similar.

    • Avatar CarlT

      Standard EU Rental (FTTC 160Mbps Downstream, 30Mbps Upstream) – Managed install only 12 Months 01/09/2017 Month £19.00
      Standard EU Rental (FTTC 330Mbps Downstream, 50Mbps Upstream) – Managed install only 12 Months 01/09/2017 Month £23.00

      Standard EU Rental (FTTP 160Mbps Downstream, 30Mbps Upstream) 12 Months 01/09/2017 Month £28.00
      Standard EU Rental (FTTP 330Mbps Downstream, 50Mbps Upstream) 12 Months 01/01/2018 Month £35.00

    • Avatar Iain

      @CarlT, @adslmax, Ah, my mistake then.

  3. Avatar adslmax

    Standard EU Rental (FTTC 160Mbps Downstream, 30Mbps Upstream) – Managed install only 12 Months 01/09/2017 Month £19.00
    Standard EU Rental (FTTC 330Mbps Downstream, 50Mbps Upstream) – Managed install only 12 Months 01/09/2017 Month £23.00

    FTTC is up to 80/20 not 160/30 or 330/50?

  4. Avatar R

    I doubt they’ll get many new FTTP customers unless they fix their checker.
    I’ve had Openreach-based FTTP for several years yet their checker tells me it’s not available to me and offers 11Mb/s ADSL.

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