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Openreach Confirm More UK Ethernet, PIA and Dark Fibre Price Rises

Tuesday, Dec 19th, 2023 (11:52 am) - Score 4,320
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Network access provider Openreach (BT) has just announced the second batch of annual price increases, albeit this time focused more on their wholesale Ethernet (EAD, EBD etc.), OSA, Excess Construction Charges (ECC), Dark Fibre and Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) products for UK ISPs, businesses and other networks.

Just to recap. Ofcom’s regulatory rules (example) allow Openreach to increase prices across their various products, which is usually closely aligned to the level of inflation, although this may differ between products due to various factors (discounts etc.) and there could also be some decreases. Some older products will also be withdrawn from sale next year (e.g. the ADVA FSP3000 volume discount 100+/200+/350+/750+ pricing).

NOTE: All of the price changes will take effect from 1st April 2024.

Once again, the prices changes are too numerous to easily summarise as they occur across masses of different products, but you can find more details by following the links on their Pricing Page. Just to give an example, the annual rental for an 1Gbps EAD circuit will increase from £2,100 to £2,262 – or from £2,664 to £2,850 when specifically used for FTTP (full fibre) aggregation.


However, it’s not all bad news, because Openreach have also announced the renewal of some existing, as well as the launch of new, special offers for EAD 1Gb and EAD 10Gb, commencing 1st April 2024 until 31st March 2025 (here).

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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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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14 Responses
  1. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

    Just worked out my ISP was getting £195.80 a month out of me for the circuit I had after that line cost.. It’s not so surprising now that they offered me 25% discount when I had to terminate but at the time I did wonder how they could. Obviously they have their own costs also but still.

    I managed to lock the price in for 3 years so never had any of these previous rises – just as well it was 15% so we are talking £40-£50 a month each time!.

    1. Avatar photo Steve says:

      Did you take into account the costs of their DCs, backaults and transit etc?

    2. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

      Ah,, no.. oops!

  2. Avatar photo Jordan says:

    whats the diff between Ethernet vs FTTP?

    1. Avatar photo drevilbob says:

      They’re dedicated links to the internet unlike GPON/XGSPON which is normally shared by 30 people.

    2. Avatar photo Ben says:

      Also, ethernet can be used to directly (well, via the local Openreach exchange) connect buildings, whereas FTTP will go to a BNG in some major city (London or Manchester for most ISPs).

    3. Avatar photo Jordan says:

      whats the cheapest ISP that sells ethernet?

    4. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

      My Circuit is Ethernet. So unlike a Passive Optical network where equipment looks for many signals at a time/in turn (so FTTP from BT or other’s) My line has dedicated kit looking only for my signal and it’s called an Active Optical Network. So Ethernet is Exchange to office or office to office or Point to Point. It takes about 6 months to install and they dig up the road in the places they need to. it’s bespoke in a nut shell. it IS great and worth every penny but I no longer trade so I ended it with a modest termination fee of £299.

      It’s dedicated, Guaranteed, Uncontended and expensive. You get what you pay for. And I was stunned when I tried to re contact with other ISP’s that none of them could compete. I think I was on a 1Gbps for the price of 500Mbps deal. it was still just over the £400 a month mark.. I did 3-4 Petrabytes over the course or the time I had it (3 years). Average was about 1.2PB a year.

      Install cost was the same as FTTPoD but alas unlike FTTPoD I can’t convert it to a FTTP line.. And when I asked BT they said there was no way to work around it. So the line will sit there powered down and in tact until the day I decide to get it re connected again. Which, unless I have been told wrong, is simply a case of arranging the connectivity and getting new kit which takes about 25 working days. But it does mean that I have options to change the speed in the future and maybe run it lower.

      As far as cheap goes. I’ve seen deals from Talk Talk for about £200 a month with a backup FTTC line. They had a 25% off offer going for a long time. I never actually got a price.

      Prices are getting cheaper and I guess FTTP is eating into the Leased Line space somewhat. BT offered to match my current price when I enquired. They want significantly more usually for the same service. If you have an Alt net you can get a dedicated line cheaper. I remember seeing CityFibre offering 1Gbps both ways for £199 a month in some towns around me. I would take that – it’s HALF the price I was paying and there is upgrade options that won’t cost the earth unlike the circuit I have here. Which to go from a 1Gbps to 10Gbps bearer is about £4000 and £896 a month I am told..

    5. Avatar photo haha says:

      you have lost track of your story again PC

      you said the leased line was installed last year on think broadband and was daisy BT or neos depending what was in your head when you wrote it

      you said you moved in the last year so no 3 year contract finished

      you were working in a call centre for most of last 2 years selling fibre not trading

    6. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

      I Identify as a Mac, Keep smoking that crack 🙂

    7. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

      Yup totally made up. A total story!

      Yet I can upload a screenshot of my stats page, minus the juicy stuff.


      I am now going to photoshop the winning lottery ticket – you know as I am apparently so good at faking stuff.

      Maybe when I win you can restart your now defunct company? you know the one you sucked at so much you had to cease trading on?. there have been so many.. whilst i’ve been trading since 2000 and still going. P’s you don’t need to stop trading to work, although i’ve never been a phone monkey. I’ll invest for £1 of FU in your failed, restarted and no doubt failed consultancy again Mr CT 🙂

      Oh and Merry Christmas and Good Heal..blah you know I don’t mean it 🙂

    8. Avatar photo I love Starlink says:

      You also claim to know my address. So if you do and you don’t have the nuts to come round and have a look (because you know you will be proved wrong and can’t handle the truth. Also I can’t drag a leased line to you or else I would) then do a BT address check, Or a royal mail one. See I am that good I got a ground floor comms room address on them both. I know I know. I am a master at that. back to the lottery ticket for me 🙂

      Otherwise for once and for all – STFU you knob!


    9. Avatar photo haha says:

      you forgot to remove the bit showing the three year old line started in March

      must be someone pretending to be you posting about selling fibre here

    10. Avatar photo XGS says:

      Seen all that before and when I accepted you didn’t reach out with details but stopped posting briefly then started using another name.

      I’ve not wasted much of my time since: too busy living life at the speed of Carl.

      May your Christmas be Merry and healthy: physically and mentally.


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