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Connect Fibre UK Adds 150Mbps Social Broadband Tariff Option

Tuesday, Jan 23rd, 2024 (10:59 am) - Score 1,440

Alternative network operator and UK ISP Connect Fibre (Fibre Assets), which aspires to cover 100,000 premises across the East of England with their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, has launched a new 150Mbps (symmetric) option on their social tariff to help complement the existing 50Mbps plan.

Until recently, the provider only offered a single social tariff (‘Basic Essentials‘) to those on state benefits, which gave new customers symmetric speeds of 50Mbps for just £20 a month. But at the end of last week, they added a second option (‘Essentials‘), which gives you speeds of 150Mbps from just £25 a month (we’ve actually been listing this for a few weeks, but it was only officially announced last week).

NOTE: Connect Fibre’s XGS-PON (ADTRAN) powered full fibre network is backed by Foresight Group (here) and is deploying across a number of locations in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

Basic Essentials is available to recipients of any of the following benefits: Income Support, Pension Credit, Income-related Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Benefit, Attendance Allowance, Universal Credit, Care Leavers Support, or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Provided you’re also covered by Connect Fibre’s network, of course.

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By Mark Jackson
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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Kris says:

    It’s good to see options for social tariffs and not just be locked at the slowest option.

    Pricing here isn’t that cheap (Plusnet is £27 for 145Mbps) but I guess it avoids the need to keep chasing discounts.

    1. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      What are you on about pricing is here isn’t cheap?

      The bit below is from the article above

      “But at the end of last week, they added a second option (‘Essentials‘), which gives you speeds of 150Mbps from just £25 a month ”

      so 150Mb/s for £25 is better than 145Mb/s for £27 and it is symmetrical. the main problem is that Fibre connect only covers 100,000 in a certain part of the country, where Plusnet covers a lot more.

    2. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      The 100k is an initial coverage target, but they’ve never provided a progress update and so we’ve no idea how much of that has actually been delivered.

    3. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @Mark, fair enough

  2. Avatar photo Lewis says:

    Connect Fibre are due to go live where I am in April and I can’t wait. From the meetings they held in our town hall it’s clear that they want to work with the locations they deploy into. The founder himself was addressing residents concerns at these events with his team. They’re also allowing (after a 12 month exclusivity period for themselves) other small alt net providers to use their infrastructure which will only continue to give us more consumer choice.

    Fingers crossed their service will be good, reliable and competitive. And hopefully won’t sell out to a bigger ISP or provider.

  3. Avatar photo Future Fibre customer (one day) says:

    Good to see another company offering this. Community Fibre offer a social tariff for £12.50 and you don’t have to prove benefits to get this although speed difference of 35mb/s for £12.50 compared to £20 connect fibres package for 150mpb/s. Can see a few more companies jumping on this band wagon.

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