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Rural UK ISP Truespeed Launch Faster FTTP Broadband Plans

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 (10:04 am) - Score 1,272
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Fibre optic ISP Truespeed, which is deploying a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across rural parts of South West England, has today introduced a series of new packages that, among other things, push the provider’s top median average speeds to 900Mbps (gigabit class).

Until now the provider has been somewhat more cautious with their package line-up and tended to focus on offering residential customers a symmetrical 200Mbps package with unlimited usage from £47.50 per month. This is fine, but it wasn’t keeping pace with the gigabit solutions being offered by the vast majority of their “full fibre” peers.

The good news is that they’ve today launched a slew of new plans, which have clearly been designed to cater for both those customers who demand the best speeds, as well as those who only need a basic, albeit more affordable, service. The provider is also making a pledge of “no in-contract price rises” or “hidden costs.”

All of Truespeed’s packages offer customers “guaranteed and symmetrical upload/download speeds,” as well as an 18-month contract term, unlimited usage, an included wireless router, a VoIP phone service and free installation (Government vouchers allowing).

Truespeed 900Mbps – £69.99 per month

Truespeed 500Mbps – £59.99 per month.

Truespeed 350Mbps – £49.99 per month

Truespeed 200Mbps – £47.50 per month.

Truespeed 80Mbps – £29.99 per month

A bespoke 10Gbps service is also possible for businesses.

Evan Wienburg, Truespeed CEO, said:

“We’ve launched these new packages to provide consumers with more choice. With plans from 80Gbps to 900Mbps there is now a package to suit every one of our growing band of customers – from small households through to avid gamers, boxset streamers, large families and busy home workers.”

Otherwise the provider, which is being supported by an investment of £75m from Aviva Investors (here), currently aims to cover 75,000 premises in parts of rural South West England by the end of 2021 and, until recently, they also held an ambition of reaching 200,000 by around 2025 (i.e. a demand-led deployment where 30% of a community usually needs to sign-up first).

However, we note from Truespeed’s recently updated “our story” page that they now proclaim to be “well on track to fulfil our ambitious target to reach 500,000 properties within the next five years” (i.e. by the end of 2025), which highlights a much grander aspiration. So far, the operator has deployed to 200 communities and most of those have been in the Somerset area (most recently including the City of Wells).

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  1. Avatar Fred says:

    The original 200Mbps tier was too expensive IMO, especially for those with modest needs, so I am pleaded to see this change. I am locked into 200Mbps (or can upgrade) for another 12 months but that is OK. 80 Mbps will probably do me after that. Would rather wait a bit longer for downloads and save cash. Only 2 people in the house….

    Most of my traffic is through a VPN anyway and as my router does not yet support wireguard then I find most VPN providers using openvpn are the bottleneck at 200Mbps anyway. I can load balance between VPN tunnels but that isn’t a great solution for many services. At the moment I use different VPNs for different traffic. Usenet over one VPN, bittorrent over another, and general stuff over a 3rd. I will be happier when FreeBSB has wireguard baked into kernel as my pfsense router can then use it – the higher bandwidths may be of more use to me then.

    I may upgrade for an extra 150Mbps for an extra £2.50 a month but in reality it won’t make much difference to me.

    It is nice to have some choice though. Can’t see me needing 900Mbps any time soon. The other bottleneck is my NAS drive with spinning rust. Anyway, having suffered terrible broadband for years, the choice now is very welcome indeed.

  2. Avatar Oberoth says:

    I might open a business at my house to get the 10Gbps service!

  3. Avatar Rob says:

    Good to see but a little late. Was visiting my mum the other week in Wells, been thinking of getting her internet for odds and sods because mobile signal is so bad. Ended up signing up to ADSL service because £47.50 was far too much for her to use truespeed. This was literally as truespeed contractors were outside her window installing it in her street. If 80Mb was an option back then, then we probably would have gone for it.

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