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Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 (8:26 am) - Score 19,464
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Openreach has this week launched a new Ethernet (Ethernet Access Direct) product – EAD Rugged 1G – into the UK market that has been designed to replace their ‘Street Access‘ service, which enables ISPs to run a dedicated 1Gbps fibre optic line to connect street furniture (bus shelters, kiosks, lamp posts, cabinets etc.).

The new wholesale service appears to be a refinement of Street Access, albeit one that continues to offer the same style of permanent 1Gbps point-to-point dedicated and managed data circuits to street furniture as before, and over a standard radial distance up to 25km between sites (or physical line plant route distances of up to 40km).

The product also makes use of Openreach’s new XG120 slim line multi-service headend (faster speeds while saving Rackspace in the exchange). The operator envisages that ISPs and other customers will use this service for the interconnection of Gigabit Ethernet between street furniture mounted devices and a BT exchange or the ISPs own Point-of-Presence (PoP) site.

The Network Terminating Equipment (NTE) being used alongside this is designed to be tough and can withstand a whole range of temperatures and weather conditions. Such Ethernet links are often used to help improve 4G and 5G mobile coverage in urban areas (e.g. capacity feed for small cells) or to serve data to kiosks, such as BT’s smart WiFi Street Hub kiosks (formerly InLinkUK kiosks), among other things.

According to the official briefing, the new product will become available on 17th May 2022 on either a 3-year or 5-year minimum term. Customers taking a 3-year term can expect to be charged a connection fee of £3,000 +vat and this falls to £2,000 on their longer 5-year terms. The annual rental prices start at £1,500 for a 5-year term or £1,620 for 3-years – see pricing details.

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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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11 Responses
  1. CarlT says:

    Surprised the usual suspect hasn’t claimed to be having this installed to their shed yet.

    1. Martin Pitt - Aquiss says:

      That’s just Cuckoo 😉

    2. Just Remember says:

      Anon may be bad but you have your moments as well Carl, only travelling in first class while drinking Champagne springs to mind.

    3. CarlT says:

      I see irony is lost on you, Just Remember, alongside that I specifically mentioned paying for higher class travel in return for travelling less often.

      The obvious difference between the two of course being that my comments are based in reality. I’m very fortunate in the grand scheme for sure but my comments aren’t those of a fantasist.

    4. CarlT says:

      Martin: for all his issues that guy isn’t who I was referring to. Nothing but love for that guy as he’s in an unfortunate situation not of his own making. 🙂

    5. CarlT says:

      My day has been great, thank you, and continues to be so.

      The 10G will come from YouFibre: their rollout in this area has been featured on this very site. While it will be shared with others so won’t run at 100% all the time and won’t have a 5 hour SLA it will exist. Probably downgrade it to 1G pretty rapidly as uncapped XGSPON is unnecessary.

      CH stuff already explained. Dormant company that was registered but never traded, hence the accounts being filed as dormant then the company being voluntarily closed.

      I had too much on as I was both working full-time and studying to increase my knowledge and value. I won’t talk about the financial side as, frankly, it’s uncouth, but that was a huge disincentive to risking properly starting a new enterprise also.

      Boring when people bang on about their amazing Internet connections, real or imagined, how much money they have and how fantastic their life is, isn’t it?

      With my point made I’ll stop it and return to posting hopefully mildly interesting technical information.

    6. Just Remember says:

      @CarlT

      Feeling the need to over explain the dormant company is that a chink in your armour.

    7. CarlT says:

      Armour is overrated. 🙂

  2. Hungry Dog says:

    The ‘shed’ is a strategic google dark node, and its directly connected to transatlantic subsea terabit fibre actually

  3. Anon says:

    It’s great to think that a bus shelter could get 1gbps broadband when I can barely get 30mbps in a rural setting.

    1. CarlT says:

      If you pay enough you can probably get a gigabit. Will probably be cheaper than delivering to a bus shelter as no hardened NTE needed too.

      Far from ideal though and hopefully Project Gigabit or commercial rollouts will get to you sooner rather than later. Worst case reasonably priced low earth orbit satellite.

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