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Openreach Unveil FTTP Broadband Price Cuts for UK ISPs – Equinox 2 UPDATE3

Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2022 (7:37 am) - Score 12,016
FTTP External Wall Box Install by Openreach Engineer 2022

Openreach (BT) has today responded to pressure from their ISP customers by unveiling a new round of major discounts (aka – “Equinox 2“) to the wholesale price of their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband products, which aims to keep the operator competitive and reduce prices on consumer packages.

At present, Openreach are investing up to £15bn to cover 25 million premises (80%+ of the UK) with their full fibre network by December 2026, and they’ve already completed 9 million. The operator is currently building at a pace of 62,000 premises per week, although they continue to face competition from a rapidly growing pool of alternative networks (AltNets), many of which are still able to undercut them on price.

NOTE: 6.2 million premises in their plan are in Ofcom’s rural or semi-rural areas (here) and they’ve already completed 2.8 million of that target.

However, like most operators, Openreach needs to deliver strong take-up by consumers to satisfy their investment model, which in turn requires that they stay competitive on price with the wider market. All of this also helps to encourage customers on their legacy copper line network (this is slowly being retired) to adopt full fibre.

The first response to this came last year when Openreach unveiled their Equinox 1 discounts (here) and they’ve today followed that up with further reductions under Equinox 2.

Katie Milligan, Chief Commercial Officer at Openreach, said:

“We’re investing £15bn to upgrade the UK to ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband and we’re keen to get more homes and businesses using this new network as soon as we’ve built. That way the whole country will benefit.

To that end, we’ve responded to our customers’ desire for lower prices and long-term certainty. These offers don’t commit them to Openreach exclusively but, alongside our new, faster speed tiers, we’re confident they’ll help them continue to support and delight their own customers in a highly competitive market.”

As per usual, Openreach are required to notify new pricing to Ofcom 90 days before it launches, which means that the changes themselves won’t be introduced until April 2023 (assuming the regulator’s review doesn’t turn up any problems, but we’ll come back to that).

What’s Changing in Equinox 2?

The new Equinox 2 scheme builds on the original Equinox 1 and is described as an “optional overlay” that further reduces – albeit only a little – the monthly rentals on Openreach’s FTTP tiers and adds some other connection discounts (details here and here), while also continuing to give the same long-term pricing certainty (Equinox 1 runs for 10 years) as the original offer.

Given the recent Cityfibre complaint (see below for more on that), Openreach are at pains to point out that there are “no volume or exclusivity requirements to obtain discounts” and they’ve introduced a so-called “failsafe mechanism to remove any theoretical possibility of distorting incentives to use alternative networks” (more on that later).

The discounts themselves are only for premises in Area 2 and 3. Using Ofcom’s definitions, Area 3 tends to mean uncompetitive rural or semi-rural locations (final c.30% of premises), where Openreach is the only operator, while Area 2 are potentially competitive areas, where 1 or more ultrafast broadband operators have a plan to deploy (i.e. most of the rest of the country).

The operator says that all of this is about the “industry making FTTP the default technology for broadband” on their network. But overall, the Equinox 2 discounts are, much as we predicted last week, not as dramatic as the Equinox 1 offer, with only small changes in rentals. At the same time, there will be prices rises on some of their older copper-based products, which will go up by an average of CPI (inflation) – encouraging the switch to FTTP (assuming that’s even an option for you yet).

NOTE: The offer will be open to all ISPs, including those that have not previously signed up to Equinox 1.

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Take note that at first glance the connection discounts above may be a little confusing because the relative price increase is due to the expected impact of inflation (+11%), rather than the changes being made. Deeper discounts can be found on migrations. As for the failsafe mechanism..

Fibre Only measure and Failsafe Mechanism

The Equinox 2 offer will launch on 1 April 2023. CPs must achieve a target proportion (90%) of Openreach provision orders on Openreach GEA-FTTP, where GEA-FTTP is available, in order to be eligible for full connection and rental discounts.

There are no volume targets or exclusivity requirements in the Equinox offer. Although Openreach does not believe that there is any possibility of the Fibre Only measure having the effect of distorting incentives to use alternative network suppliers in areas where CPs have a choice between Openreach GEA-FTTP and other potential network suppliers, Equinox 2 also introduces a new Failsafe Mechanism which eliminates even a theoretical possibility of such a distortion.

Regarding the Failsafe Mechanism, Openreach has uploaded an additional document on this that states: “In simple terms, the Failsafe Mechanism would allow a CP to define an “Overbuild Area” where it is able to place orders with an alternative network supplier. Any orders placed with Openreach in this area – whether on copper or fibre – would be excluded from the calculation of Fibre Only performance.”

The above assumes AltNets would want ISPs to inform Openreach about their overbuild areas, which for competitive reasons may not always be the case, and thus the failsafe mechanism will be managed by an independent 3rd party verifier to “ensure confidentiality“.

Openreach claims this means that “any decisions to use an alternative network supplier in the Overbuild Area for any level of order volumes could not in any way affect the Fibre Only measure and, therefore, the level of discounts the CP would receive” and they “reserve the right to review and amend the Failsafe Mechanism if its use results in CPs placing a disproportionate level of orders on Openreach copper in the Overbuild Area.”

All of this sounds good for consumers, but if you’ve been reading ISPreview.co.uk recently, then you’ll already be aware that Openreach’s rivals in the AltNet space aren’t especially happy about it (here). Such providers see this as Openreach allegedly abusing their dominant position to put the squeeze on their models, which in turn will make it harder for them to build take-up and grow into real competitors at scale.

Hyperoptic Policy Director, James Fredrickson, said:

“Given Openreach’s significant market power, it is critical now to consider how these proposed changes may impact the competitive landscape of our industry. This must also be balanced against the need for Openreach to legitimately react to competition, which is something that any prudent network operator should factor in to their future plans – this new set of discounts should not come as a surprise to anyone.”

Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media O2, said:

BT is facing the biggest competitive challenge in its history with billions of pounds of fibre investment pouring into the UK, creating the prospect of genuine broadband wholesale competition at scale for the first time. To avoid putting planned and future investment at risk, and to safeguard fair competition, it’s vital that these wholesale pricing proposals are thoroughly scrutinised to ensure Openreach is not using its market power and dominance to lock in providers and deter them from switching to other networks.

We will be making our views clear to Ofcom and Government, who have both made repeated calls for more fibre investment and competition in the UK, and we ask that Ofcom delivers on its own strategy for a healthy broadband market as set out two years ago in its Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review.”

Cityfibre has even gone so far as to submit a Competition Act complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom against Openreach, which accuses the operator of “undertaking an aggressive strategy to foreclose infrastructure competition in the UK fibre broadband market” (here). The new Failsafe Mechanism may well provide some balance against that.

Suffice to say that the regulator’s consultation on all this is expected to take a slightly deeper dive into the Equinox 2 offer than Equinox 1, although it remains unclear which way either the CMA or Ofcom will swing. The current market is aggressively competitive, which is only natural, and Openreach, in return for their big build commitment, have long since been allowed flexibility to compete. But Equinox 2 is more of a tweak than a big deal breaking change, at least on our first skim reading.

Put another way, we think Cityfibre may face more of an uphill struggle on this one than Openreach, but this is not to say that the regulator or CMA won’t yet raise concerns and potentially seek adjustments to Equinox 2. Figuring out where to draw the line on natural market competition, especially in urban areas, is rarely an easy task and the alternative, of forcing Openreach to maintain artificially high prices, has its downsides too.

The other question mark over this is whether or not Openreach’s ISPs will even pass these savings on to consumers, given how many of them are suffering from hefty price increases in other areas (energy costs, lease costs etc.). Given the small profit margins involved, we wouldn’t be surprised if some simply opted to keep their prices at a similar level to what they are today.

UPDATE 8:52am

We’ve added a comment above from Virgin Media O2. In addition, Openreach have made clear that the failsafe mechanism will be managed by an independent 3rd party verifier to ensure confidentiality.

UPDATE 11:02am

Ofcom informs that they expect to publish a consultation on their provisional view of this offer by early February and stakeholders will then have 30 days to respond.

UPDATE 1:26pm

Cityfibre has just given their response.

Greg Mesch, CityFibre CEO, said:

“BT Openreach is exhibiting a series of behaviours straight out of the playbook of a dominant operator using its market power and advantages to maintain its dominance. Equinox is just one of those levers – a pricing policy designed to lock in its near-totally dependent customers and prevent them switching to faster, cheaper and more reliable competitors.

Ofcom helped create the competitive market which saw fibre Britain bloom. Long-range investors have answered its call, bringing billions of pounds into the country and they deserve long-range pricing confidence and a level playing field. BT Openreach must not be allowed to strangle competition before the fibre market reaches maturity.”

UPDATE 4:16pm

We’ve had a comment from INCA too, which represents AltNets.

An INCA spokesperson said:

“INCA is pleased to see that details of the Equinox 2 scheme have finally been notified by Openreach to Ofcom. However, the protracted signalling of the offer has already had a disruptive impact of the market. INCA will be analysing the offer in detail and engaging with Ofcom’s consultation process. It is imperative that any new pricing allowed in the market allows for fair competition and does not have a negative impact on investment at a critical point in the rollout cycle.”

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31 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Phil says:

    No discount or no competition for both FTTC with line rental and SoGEA FTTC without line rental.

    Why is FTTP get better discount?

    1. Avatar photo G says:

      Because where possible we want to move people from copper onto to fibre

    2. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      As G said, they want to push people to fibre, there are a fair few people who think fibre is more expensive than FTTC, on Openreach network, fibre is available at around the same price as FTTC, but not with the huge speeds, I have seen around 74Mb/s at around £23, which is more than what a lot of people will get with FTTC. It is the faster speeds that cost more, and that is the problem with Alt networks, they all go for the faster speed with higher prices.

      I know a few people who are fine with what they get, myself included and see now need to change to FTTP, so to get people like myself to change they have to do something.

    3. Avatar photo Ex Telecom Engineer says:

      “I know a few people who are fine with what they get, myself included and see now need to change to FTTP, so to get people like myself to change they have to do something.”

      I’m also on FTTC and have no issue with the speed, around 35mb download, 6mb upload. If customers were really that unhappy with their FTTC connections, they’d be screaming to get off Openreach as soon as the Altnets cover their areas, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The narrative around people thinking they’re on full Fibre, when they’re on FTTC, may be true for some but the campaigns to highlight the difference must have been ingrained into most people by now.
      Openreach/BT want customers off copper asap and the regulators have to take that into consideration, so I don’t see how CityFibre will get anywhere with their complaint.
      Clearly it’s in the interest of the Altnets and VMO2 to weaken BT as much as possible, so they’ll give them a kicking at every opportunity, and complain about anything that improves the business case for Openreach wholesale customers. There are some big players behind the Altnets and a questionable mainstream media narrative aimed at depressing BT’s share price and by extension the company. Anything that puts pressure on BT to reduce wholesale prices, for CP’s, is good for the CP’s; Anything that makes BT wholesale pricing good for the CP’s, is bad for the Altnets and VMO2.
      BT are walking a tightrope between different vested interests, as are the Altnets who have to respond to any price cuts BT/Openreach introduce, how the regulators balance the different interests will be interesting to watch.

    4. Avatar photo tech3475 says:

      @Ad47uk

      Also, switching to FTTP can be disruptive, in my case my ONT ‘had’ to go by the front door because of the engineer, requiring additional wiring on my part as the router was upstairs, but I was getting a massive speed boost so it was worthwhile.

      However if this was for the same FTTC speeds I wouldn’t want to bother since the old connection was ‘good enough’.

    5. Avatar photo GNewton says:

      @Ex Telecom Engineer:

      “The narrative around people thinking they’re on full Fibre, when they’re on FTTC, may be true for some but the campaigns to highlight the difference must have been ingrained into most people by now.”

      Someone needs to tell that to the ASA which still hasn’t understood it 🙂

    6. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @Ex Telecom Engineer, You are correct that if people would be screaming to get off Openreach as soon as Alt network was available, saying that some people are still under contract when an Alt network start up, I still have 7 months for a start. I keep getting leaflets and letters from Zzoomm, I even had a visit, but I was not here as I was at work, why they visit in the daytime I don’t know. I kind of do, but I will not say 🙂
      people still think they are on fibre with FTTC, even when I tell them the difference between FTTC and FTTP, they still say, but we are already on fibre, so I have given up. Openreach may want people off copper, but there have to be some incentive, all I hear is about how much faster fibre is, but with how things are now, people are looking to save money.

      I don’t have a well paid job, I work in a supermarket for 30 hours a week, but I am I live ok and even save some money, maybe more than I really need to. so I could afford any of the fibre packages plusnet has, even the full fibre 500Mb/s at £40, but I would not benefit from it and really don’t want to pay that much for broadband. Also, the hassle of changing, so my provider would have to offer me something amazing for me to change. The thing is if I have to change with the hassle and all that stuff, then I may as well go for Zzoomm. People I know that are in better paid jobs than me, also don’t feel the need to change. My other half only went to fibre as it offered a better service than she was getting before.

      7 months is a long time, yeah I know it will seem to come around pretty quickly, but it is still over half a year away, so anything can happen between now and the end of my contract.
      plusnet would have knocked a few pence off my monthly payment if I signed up for another 18 months, it would have taken away some of the rise in March and I did think about it as it would mean a stable broadband on FTTC until june 2024, but I have now decided to see out the contract.

    7. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @tech3475, It is the hassle that puts me off, while in theory it should not take long, my other half have Gigaclear and it took them less than an hour and that was including drinking the coffee she made for them. 🙂 They were excellent, but I have heard of disasters, including some on other forums I use. Put me off. One I have read recently is someone who had a problem with open reach and Zen. To be honest I am shocked I get the speed I do, the connection by the front door where the cables come is awful, like spaghetti in there. The only place the ONT could really go here is behind my TV and it would be a pain there, saying that, in the hallway may be a better place, but no space unless they stick it above the electric meter and that is not really a good idea.

      As I said, what I have got does me.

    8. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      FTTC is still cheaper at list price. I’m using the Equinox 2 pricing for FTTP unless mentioned.

      160/30 as of April next year over FTTP would come in at £194.40 / year versus £160.92 for G.fast. Without Equinox 160/30 FTTP is going to be £296.52.

      330/50 over FTTP comes in at £219.60 / year versus £210 for G.fast. No discount £340.44.

      80/20 is £139.94 on FTTC, £186 on FTTP. £242.28 with no discount.

      40/10 is £69.91 on FTTC, £193.04 on FTTP as it has no Equinox discount.

      So with that in mind why discount FTTC, especially when you want people off it?

    9. Avatar photo haha says:

      @Ad47uk

      What hassle? No different than the Alt nets. New connection totally separate to your FTTC and then that is cut off..

      I work for PN so I know this is true I spend all day doing this for people who want to upgrade

    10. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @haha, It is hassle for FTTP to be installed no matter what network. Fibre needs to come into the house, ONT fitted, tested. Not a huge hassle I admit if the fibre is going above ground via a pole, like it would do for me, but more hassle for those where the fibre goes underground. More hassle of having to find the time I am here, I work, and I am the only person who lives here.
      You spend all day doing what for people? Openreach does the physical connection. My broadband is via Plusnet, but as I have said before, I really don’t see any advantage in me changing to FTTP. I am surprised that Plusnet have not started to email about it since open reach FTTP is now available to me, I suppose they are waiting for me to get closer to the end of my contract, only 7 months left

  2. Avatar photo anonymous says:

    “It is the faster speeds that cost more, and that is the problem with Alt networks, they all go for the faster speed with higher prices.” says Ad47uk

    YouFibre offering 3 months free and 1 gig up and down for £29 on December offer.
    So 1 gig for £29 both ways or 74mbps 20mbps up for £23 on Openreach network.

    Yeah, technically it’s more, but I know which one I would prefer over Openreach….

    1. Avatar photo Spoiled for choice says:

      I’ve had experience with 3 alt nets and Openreach. I’d pick Openreach FTTP over those three everyday of the week.

    2. Avatar photo John says:

      Spoiled for choice says: I will consider OR only when they start offering symmetric speeds. Otherwise for me there is no difference between OR and VMO2.

    3. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      You fibre offers 50Mb/s for £22 the local Alt network here Zzoomm starts at 150 for £33, I think if they offered a lower cost/speed then more people may be interested. I may be wrong but a lot f you fibre customers may go for the lower speed/cost package.

      Last week I posted something on zzoomm’s facebook page that they should offer a slower package at lower price, got no reply, so that proves how interested they are, but I have heard their customer service is pretty poor.

      Too much is put on the higher speed thing for FTTp and many people don’t require it.

  3. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

    OR seem to be taking a fair amount of care to not tread on their competition’s toes too heavily, and presumably can justify these discounts, they aren’t inconsiderable when you look at the 2023- pricing, based on the higher take up.

    Had these been extreme and aggressively anti-competitive then I’d have been one of the first to jump up and down but this seems fair enough. It reflects that they are selling FTTP way more quickly than anticipated and, hence, are recovering their build costs more quickly than expected so can justify lower operating profit margins.

    The really interesting bit is that the 1.2G and 1.8G feature here. Clearly Openreach are serious about making this a longer term product. Also goes to show how lightly used their PONs tend to be. Selling 75% of the pipe to a single customer is aggressive. Wonder how providers will advertise this given speeds can and will vary?

    1. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Anyone found any more detail on the faster products? the only detail I can find is the story from ISPr. Would be nice to get an update on that trial.

    2. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      All I know is that it’s ongoing and there are homes on the products right now. Going by that it’s on these price lists I guess it’s going alright.

    3. Avatar photo Iain says:

      The pricing certainly looks like they want retailers to consider 1.2 Gbps (“true Gigabit”) as an alternative to 1 Gbps (“900 Mbps”). It’s less clear they want a large takeup on the 1.8 Gbps tier.

      To me, the astonishing thing about Equinox 2 is, in broad terms, in 2023 it undercuts Equinox 1’s 2022 pricing, let alone Equinox 1’s 2023 pricing. Definitely removes an excuse for retailers to take the piss with mid contract price rises.

    4. Avatar photo Ex Telecom Engineer says:

      “The really interesting bit is that the 1.2G and 1.8G feature here. Clearly Openreach are serious about making this a longer term product. Also goes to show how lightly used their PONs tend to be. Selling 75% of the pipe to a single customer is aggressive. Wonder how providers will advertise this given speeds can and will vary?”

      That isn’t necessarily the case. XG-PON and GPON use different wavelengths and can coexist on the same fibre. There’d be nothing stopping BT connecting a new customer to XG-PON, through a splitter in the local exchange, without interfering with the GPON customers on the same fibre. I have no idea if that’s what BT are doing, or if it’s financially prudent for them to do that, but there’s nothing stopping them from doing it if they want to.

    5. Avatar photo Iain says:

      Ex Telecom Engineer, you’re obviously right hat XGS-PON and GPON can coexist. However, OP is right: Openreach are using GPON, even for their 1.8 Gbps trial. https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2022/11/openreach-launch-pilot-of-1-2gbps-and-1-8gbps-fttp-broadband-tiers.html

    6. Avatar photo Ex Telecom Engineer says:

      I tried to find the full spec for the ADTRAN SDX 611Q and the Nokia G-010G-T, but failed miserably. They do appear to be marketed as GPON ONT’s, but with a 2.5G ethernet port. You’d think BT will have trialled these on a loaded GPON and been happy with the overall performance, assuming they will actually use these products to offer 1.8G as part of this offer.

    7. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      Ex Telecom Engineer:

      https://www.openreach.co.uk/cpportal/content/dam/cpportal/public/images-and-documents/home/help-and-support/sins/documents/SIN_506.pdf

      The Nokia ONT is the G-010G-T, a GPON ONT with a single 2.5 GbE port, the Adtran an SDX 611Q.

      Adtran’s XGSPON ONTs are in the 62x series rather than 61x, Nokia’s the XS- series rather than G- series.

  4. Avatar photo Phil says:

    John says:
    December 14, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Spoiled for choice says: I will consider OR only when they start offering symmetric speeds. Otherwise for me there is no difference between OR and VMO2.

    I prefer OR than VM02 cos more reliable network than VM02.

  5. Avatar photo Anthony says:

    If FTTP is less than the price for vDSL at the same speed there is absolutely no reason to stick with vDSL. I cannot think why anyone would. vDSL is awful technology. It might have been okay when we had nothing else. But FTTP is amazing in comparison. Its like the equivalent of buying a film on VHS when Blu-Rays are out and cheaper to buy.

    1. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      But it works fine for a lot of us, awful or not. I have not had any problems with VDSL for months, I had a strange problem a while ago, in fact I have been trying to work out when it was, and it was in September 2017 where for some reason lost the dial tone and when they fixed it my old ECI modern would not sync, I borrowed my neighbours Huawei modem as they had a new Bt hub, and it worked. Plusnet sent me a hub one as we thought maybe the modem had gone belly up and that would not sync either. so I had a few weeks of Openreach trying to fix it, in the end they gave up as their own equipment would not sync in the house or at the cabinet. Plusnet even sent me a Zyxel router to see if that would do the job, it did for a couple of weeks and then it failed. So I got a second hand Huawei modem off Ebay and hooked up the Zyxel via Wan.

      It was a strange fault and yet now it is all fine again, I was using the Zyxel stand alone for at least 7 months when I realised the fault was sorted until it let loose in a puff of smoke. Now running the Hub one as a stand alone.
      but even with that problem, using the Huawei modem I still had sync and the speed was fine. i have not had any problems for over 18 months with the connection itself
      It is scary to think it was that long ago.

      FTTP is not less than FTTC, well not by a lot, it offers more speed for more or less the same price.
      Lets look at Plusnet, for FTTP 36Mb/s it is £23.99 a month, I am paying just over £24 a month for 36Mb/s on FTTC, I could recontract now and pay under that. So what incentive is there for me going to FTTP?

      If I was still having problems with FTTC then I would certainly think about it, but my connection is now really stable. my main problem is with routers going pop on me

  6. Avatar photo mrpops2ko says:

    BT / OpenReach are not consumer friendly nor make decisions that benefit the consumer in general. Remember in what was it? 2008? When BT said they’d have most of the UK on FTTP by 2012?

    I remember at least, but instead BT decided to sweat its copper provisions and milk the UK tax payer for more than a decade. Making us a laughing stock globally and pushing us to the bottom of the broadband league tables.

    The propaganda was so bad under BT that even to this day, regular contributors on here are so heavily indoctrinated that active utilisation of their paid internet connection in a home setting is met with scorn and derisive comments about how someone can be consuming so much traffic.

    My AltNet symmetrical gigabit plan gets installed this Thursday (all being well) and I won’t be going back to BT anytime soon, even if they offered comparable speed. Support small (even if its a bit extra) to see real market competition flourish.

    1. Avatar photo XGS Is On says:

      The BT announcement in 2008 was for FTTC/P to 40% of the UK by 2012. They didn’t say anything about having most of the UK on FTTP until the more recent announcements. The most they ever mentioned was I think 20% FTTP which got rolled back in favour of almost entirely FTTC, sadly, as it could be delivered much faster and at a lower cost.

      Their deployments in Milton Keynes, etc, cost way more than expected and took way longer than expected to build and install: connectorised fibre wasn’t a thing and a single install took basically an entire day.

      Openreach are not consumer friendly, no, any more than other businesses are consumer friendly. Their first duty is to deliver returns to their shareholders within the relevant laws and regulations.

      This sent via a symmetrical full fibre altnet service.

    2. Avatar photo New_Londoner says:

      @mrpops2ko
      “Remember in what was it? 2008? When BT said they’d have most of the UK on FTTP by 2012?”

      As “@XGS Is On” has posted, the actual commitment was to deploy FTTX to 40% of UK premises, not FTTP to the majority. The subsequent change to mainly FTTC was primarily to meet political requirements as stated through the BDUK programme to cover as many premises as quickly as possible within a fixed budget.

      Those people wanting to download the entire Internet every few hours may not appreciate the move to FTTC first, however it did mean that a substantial majority of UK premises gained the ability to move from ADSL to connections with speeds of more than 24/30Mbps in a relatively short timescale.

  7. Avatar photo Matt says:

    Might be worth covering the fairly hefty increases in line rental and FTTC/Gfast/SoGEA and engineering costs announced from 01/04.

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I’ve done that today. Yesterday was just a bit too busy to fit everything in and Openreach didn’t release all the details at the same time, so I opted to wait until this morning.

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