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Yayzi Broadband Brings 1Gbps to Homes in Part of Blackpool

Saturday, December 5th, 2020 (1:23 am) - Score 2,184
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A new UK ISP called Yayzi Broadband has announced that their new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network has just gone live in the large seaside resort town of Blackpool (Lancashire), which appears to be based off the infrastructure that the ITS Technology Group are currently deploying in the area.

Last year saw ITS extend their full fibre broadband and Ethernet network to businesses on the Fylde Coast, which was partly achieved by harnessing the local Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI) platform and some public funding via the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) scheme (here). The CNI brings together public and private sector organisations to create and share new digital infrastructure in and around Tameside and Blackpool.

At present Yayzi already sells various Openreach based FTTP broadband services to homes and businesses across the UK, but they’ve also just launched a separate and cheaper product set on ITS’s new network to help serve residential homes in the FY1 2 area of the town (details here). You also get symmetric speeds, which is another nice bonus.

Customers can expect to pay from £34.99 per month for their unlimited 100Mbps plan (plus a one-off installation fee of just £19.99) on a 24-month term, which rises to £54.99 if you want their top 920Mbps package. All packages come with an included wireless router and the pledge of “no in-contract price rises“. On top of that there’s a “Lifetime Price Guarantee,” which in this case means the price will stay the same at the end of your contract.

Predictably Yayzi and ITS aren’t the only players in this part of Blackpool, which is already extremely well covered by Virgin Media’s gigabit-capable network. The town is also on Cityfibre’s future FTTP broadband rollout plan and they recently contracted Telent to do the local civil engineering work. Openreach has a small bit of FTTP in other parts of the town too.

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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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9 Responses
  1. Walter G M Willcox says:

    Surely sooner or later both major Telcox must wake up to the fact the symmetric services, at acceptable price levels, are becoming increasingly important ?

    1. NE555 says:

      To a small but vocal part of their customer base, yes. For the majority though, the chief driver is price.

      If an ISP can offer an altnet-based service 50p cheaper than their competitors selling on Openreach FTTC, that’s what will cause most people to switch. And equally, if FTTP were 50p dearer, most people would stick with what they have.

      This is also seen with people sticking to ADSL rather than upgrade to FTTC.

    2. The Facts says:

      @W – why is symmetrical so important, for what applications?

    3. idk says:

      @The Facts
      For uploading things?????

    4. GNewton says:

      @idk: The Facts doesn’t appear to use fibre broadband for business.

    5. Meadmodj says:

      Most FTTP providers are using GPON which is in principle Asymmetric at its base. Upload performance depends on the settings for each ONT, overall capacity of the OLT and ratio of the splitters.

      Business GPON will be sold based on SLA/QoS settings and provide a minimum up and down. Single businesses will be calculated in the load. Business areas may have lower splitter ratios.

      Residential GPON if sold on a symmetrical basis will be (unless specifically contracted) on the basis of up to. So if you are the first on the OLT you have the OLT capacity to yourselves but as take up increases so does the contention. Currently many FTTP providers are restricting the up on slower products and on higher products offering symmetrical hoping that the concurrent use will be within capacity in practice.

      OR are setting expectations within their products which you could regard as more honest. The Altnet would say though that their approach allows residential customers to boost their up speed for short periods when undertaking a specific task. Time will tell who is right but both OR and Altnet can change their approach in future.

  2. mary hendry says:

    Rip off far too expensive for full fibre these days!

    1. Sarah F says:

      I’m sorry, what?!

    2. cdh1981 says:

      How?

      £34.99 for 100Mb unlimited is at the cheaper end for Full Fibre, there are a lot of people paying that sort of money for VDSL connections with much lower speeds.

      I’m currently paying £28.99/month for a full fibre symmetrical 100/100 connection via Vodafone/CityFibre, almost the same amount I was paying Zen for a VDSL connection that got around 65/20 on a good day.

      Where’s the rip off?

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