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Openreach Discount 10Gbps Capacity Links for FTTP Broadband ISPs

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 (11:28 am) - Score 3,264

Openreach (BT) has given UK broadband ISPs that make use of their “gigabit-capable” Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) products a little Christmas gift by discounting the cost of their 10Gbps Cablelink services, which help to provide the capacity for such full fibre connections.

The short term special offer, which will become effective on orders placed from 1st February 2021 until 30th April 2021 in all UK exchanges, will see the connection charge for their 10 Gigabit GEA Cablelink product being reduced from £1,042 to £750.

The goal of this discount is to encourage ISP “consumption and sales” of the FTTP service to consumers by making the capacity side even more affordable (we can still remember when a 10Gbps Cablelink would have cost £10,000 just for the connection fee), although there are a few caveats to consider.

Restrictions to this offer:

– Only the first 300 10Gigabit GEA cablelinks per CP [ISP] during the offer period will benefit from the discounted price.

– This offer will apply to all GEA-FTTP only Layer 2 Switches UK wide, it is not available where a Layer 2 Switch is also supporting GEA-FTTC services.

– The offer will be limited to the first 10 Gigabit GEA cablelink per GEA-FTTP only Layer 2 Switch per Communications Provider (no discount will apply to subsequent 10 Gigabit cablelinks from the same CP on a given Layer 2 switch).

– To be eligible for the rebate, CPs must connect the cablelink to their infrastructure to achieve “CP Live” status promptly after Openreach completes the connection, and in any case no later than 30th June 2021.

The special offer pricing is naturally limited to the duration of the special offer itself, and should not be interpreted as a pricing intention on a long-term basis. “Eligibility is based on the date orders are accepted by Openreach (rather than the date of completion), but CPs must have connected the cablelink to their infrastructure no later than 30th June 2021, which will be the cut-off date to assess which cablelinks should be rebated,” said the operator.

The move isn’t really big enough to have any serious impact on the price that consumers pay for such services, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to make the capacity supply side as affordable as possible so that ISPs can better support the fastest tiers.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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14 Responses
  1. chris conder says:

    Or you can buy 10 gig symmetrical from B4RN for £150 a month…

    1. John says:

      Totally not the same thing and shows your ignorance.

      B4RN pays more than £750 for setup of some of its links, more than than for much of its hardware.

      Why buy that data centre link when you can buy “10 gig symmetrical from B4RN for £150”.

    2. Pete says:

      Great deal. Can I order 10 x Openreach FTTP hand offs to our AccessLocates please?
      I’ll send you a list over.
      Oh wait, you don’t actually mean Cablelink at all, do you? 🙁

    3. Anna says:

      yesh but you need to friggin expand! I’d pay you 10 times that for 10Gbps! but you won’t come near my area and I am not moving!

    4. Marek says:

      Don’t worry, if she is supposing to be representing B4rn (I found her ted talk video), most people in B4RN are ingorant about networking. I wonder how long they will be using those Netgear switches and what are they using for 10g, also netgear switches or something familiar?

  2. Tony Caskerino says:

    GEA is the uplink to the FTTP infrastructure for selling OR FTTP, not a leased line or individual connection.

    Basically they have hiked the prices of backhaul for operators competing in the access network and reduced the prices for their own access network…. er access…. if that makes sense.

    Its more spoiling tactics and it holds back competition.

    1. John says:

      You’ll need to explain that one?
      This is an offer for backhaul operators to buy GEA cablelinks.
      Cheapest it has ever been.

      This makes it cheaper to run your own backhaul, not more expensive.

      It’s a potential £75,000 saving on cablelinks for big CP’s.

      What exactly has gone up in price that is spilling tactics and holding back competition.

      Give credit where credit is due.

    2. John says:


      Mark you need an edit button!

    3. John says:

      I was rounding down the previous cablelink price to £1k with that calculation above.
      It’s actually a better offer than I said.

      It’s a potential £87,600 saving on GEA cablelinks.

      As someone patiently waiting on Talktalk buying an FTTP cablelink so I can switch to their 500/75 package I’m somewhat bemused at the comments so far.

  3. chris conder says:

    @John there are nice ways of explaining things you know. Without insulting people who aren’t as amazingly clever as what you obviously are. It is often dangerous to hurl insults on social meeja as you could be called a bully these days, so despite your frustration at idiotic posts it is appen best to button it. It was a joke. Happy Christmas. xxx

    1. John says:

      What do you expect Chris?

      You troll every single OpenReach thread on here (literally, read the definition).

      Marks posted an interested article about a reduction in the cost for CP’s to link in to OpenReach’s FTTP network and your reply is completely unrelated.
      Seeing as you are affiliated with the company some might go as far to say you’re spamming.

      Some people come here because they are interested in the news.
      They want to read what is available to them.

      They don’t come here to see you writing superfarce on every single OpenReach post or replying with some willy waving about B4RN’s prices or speeds.

      I wasn’t being rude.
      Pointing out that an ignorant comment is ignorant isn’t rude.
      If you were being sarcastic then that doesn’t come across well on the internet.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    2. Alex Might says:

      Chris you are digging the hole deeper. You constantly seem to to spam on here and rather than apologising you’re essentially calling someone a bully for explaining how your connection type isnt the same as OpenReaches.

      I expect much better for someone representing (or spamming) a company such as B4rn.

      Pointing out ignorance isnt rude.

    3. Marek says:

      If she is any example and I found her video of Ted talk about B4RN, it seems people from B4RN are ingorant about networking, another point proving that would be their choice of equipment.

  4. FibreBubble says:

    All part of the superf4rce

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