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Openreach Launch Buy 3 Get 1 Free Offer on 10Gbps Cablelinks

Monday, Nov 7th, 2022 (5:55 pm) - Score 6,768
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Openreach (BT) has today announced the launch of an unusual supermarket style offer for UK ISPs that make use of their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and other fibre-based broadband products, which involves selling their 10Gbps Cablelinks on a “Buy Three Get One Free” basis at wholesale.

The Cablelink (Ethernet) solutions are how Openreach provide data capacity for their full fibre and other connections (i.e. the connection between their fibre headend and an ISP’s equipment). Suffice to say that any discount on this side can also feed down and impact the price consumers may pay for their service from an ISP.

In that sense, it’s worth taking account of this new offer, which will be available nationwide and run from 7th February 2023 until 6th August 2023. “By purchasing three 10Gb Cablelinks (at any location), [Communications Providers] will benefit from the option to order one free 10Gb Cablelink from a list of Layer 2 Switches (L2S) relating to footprint built during or before December 2021 (subject to the exclusion of L2S that are at capacity),” said Openreach’s Briefing.

The maximum number of free 10Gb Cablelinks will be limited to 300 per ISP, and this special offer may also be used in conjunction with Openreach’s existing Equinox discount on FTTP packages.

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19 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Name says:

    Mark, do Andrews and Arnold pay you for disabling comments under news about their company?

    1. Avatar photo mrpops2ko says:

      thats a great question i would love to know.

      i’d harbour a guess its to stop the same comments over and over again, theres quite a few times i’ve wanted to comment about what kind of a joke their limited bandwidth is – theres no technical or defensible position they can hold on it.

      one of the biggest telltale signs about how out of touch A&A are, would probably be when they magically found the ability to DOUBLE (100% increase) the amount of meagre bandwidth doled out to people daft enough to go with them. You know when something can have a 100% increase without seeing a penny added to cost, that something is out of whack.

      I support what they are doing in the privacy space, but you can’t tell me their broadband policies are anything more than a rip off.

    2. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      In recent times, such stories appear to have become a magnet for 2-3 specific people, who seem not to understand the concept of ‘choice’, to troll excessively and unnecessarily – often leading to abuse. In those circumstances, I often prefer to save myself the moderation hassle, since anonymous comments are not protected content.

      But in any case, please post comments relevant to the topic above, as that’s a rule of the site.

    3. Avatar photo dee.jay says:


      Go run an ISP and pay for transit costs and let me know how you feel then.

      Bandwidth isn’t free.

    4. Avatar photo A says:

      I think the old reason for the AA bandwidth limits were the per Mb charges levied by the wholesalers e.g BTW. These have long since gone so AA will only be paying for IP transit and peering links which are literally pennies per megabit or even free. That’s why 10TB (+9TB) can be sold for a extra £8 plus VAT so less than a pound per TB. Ideally 10TB might be better sold as unlimited but hey if you can get away with caps why not.

    5. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Keep it on topic please, this talk is not relevant for the article. Future posts will be removed.

    6. Avatar photo keeper says:

      @A so are you saying that if they buy 3 and get a 4th free they can reduce the cost on the free 4th? interesting and yes totally related to the article 🙂

    7. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      This is Mark’s site, it’s not public property. Access to the content and to post comments is a privilege, not a right. He’s entitled to moderate it as he sees fit and allow comments as he sees fit. Anyone who considers this a violation of their free speech is free to exercise that speech elsewhere.

      The same goes for every privately held site on the Internet.

    8. Avatar photo Fair use policy says:

      If you feel that way @Mark why not stop all comments on all articles as it would stop all the trolling? to do it on just one ISP seems…..

    9. Avatar photo John says:

      I’m struggling to understand which part of “choice” folk don’t get?

      If you like something, buy it, otherwise find an alternative… why this sheepish stuff and bitching on some forum or social media, who cares? If only people had jobs and were busy, they wouldn’t have time for protests and the like.

    10. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      Speaking for Mark as he’s recovering from surgery he goes to extreme lengths to try and allow as much freedom of expression as possible. The usual suspect trolls use VPNs and TOR but Mark doesn’t instigate blanket bans to allow other folks to use them to post even though trolls, one of whom is up to 20 years of it on here, will slip through.

      The A&A stuff SNR is so low, most comments will be nothing to do with the wonderful news that A&A are bringing symmetrical gigabit online, it’ll be people whinging about a limit on service they’ll never use.

      At any time Mark has better things to do than moderate that, this site is not how he makes his money, let alone when he’s recovering from surgery.

      The odd topic has comments closed because nothing good is going to come from them. Mark gives a LOT of latitude and tries to let the comments flow wherever feasible.

      I applaud him for it even if the manner in which people take advantage of the anonymity infuriates sometimes. He’s a better man than I am, and I owe him favours going back 20 years. He won’t be buying a drink in my company ever. Top chap.

  2. Avatar photo Nice says:

    Whats the going rate for a cablelink currently?

    1. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      £1,093.35 + VAT for a 10G.

    2. Avatar photo Steve says:

      2 pineapples and a lemon.

  3. Avatar photo 10GbE-FTTP4ALL says:

    is this offer available for residential L2S 🙂

    1. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      As long as you live inside an exchange and only need a connection from the OLT to your own equipment absolutely.

  4. Avatar photo Jake says:

    When it comes to rollout are companies
    allowed share, have access or rent underground infrastructure off each other?
    City fiber are installing in my parents street. Can openreach come along and use their ducting when they have done or would openreach then come along and dig up the paths again?

    1. Avatar photo Alex A says:

      Anyone can pay to use Openreach infrastructure, for other infrastructure it varies but usually no. Virgin Media did a deal not too long ago to use OFNL ducts, I cant think of any (apart from ducts owned by the council) others.

    2. Avatar photo 125us says:

      Any company can use Openreach’s infrastructure.

      For the others it depends on the two businesses involved having done a deal with each other. There’s no compulsion on them to do that and if there were it would create a disincentive to invest. Better to wait for someone else to build and use their’a than us it to build your own.

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