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Business ISP Commsworld Launch Ethernet over FTTP Broadband

Thursday, Apr 4th, 2024 (10:01 am) - Score 1,720
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Edinburgh-based UK business ISP Commsworld has today launched a new and more “cost effective” business-grade broadband service using Ethernet over Fibre to the Premises (EoFTTP) technology, which they say can provide “minimum bandwidth assurances as well as rapid repair times in the event of a fault.”

EoFTTP typically sits somewhere in the middle between consumer FTTP broadband lines, which often have no or very little in the way of guarantees regarding reliability or higher bandwidth when put under pressure by heavy usage, and more expensive Ethernet leased lines that offer guaranteed higher bandwidth all day every day with a strong Service Level Agreement (SLA).

The EoFTTP solution is thus more intended to cater for smaller businesses that don’t need a leased line, but where consumer FTTP might well be too risky for some of their needs. Commsworld’s EoFTTP also utilises the growing FTTP coverage from a number of network builders, including Openreach and CityFibre, as well as Commsworld’s own fibre infrastructure across many major Scottish cities and large areas in Northumberland.

Charlie Boisseau, CTO at Commsworld, said:

“The lack of a quality option that sits in the middle of the market for business is a problem that has persisted for years, but hasn’t been filled due to lack of fibre infrastructure. Commsworld’s EoFTTP leverages the growing abundance of this new FTTP coverage across multiple operators to fill that gap – especially for SMEs that do not need the top-end service more suited to bigger corporates.

In essence, it utilises the infrastructure that is now on the market for individuals and homeowners, where they share networks with other neighbours, with just a single fibre cable delivering this shared network to their homes.

But in terms of reliability, flexibility and speed of service, Commsworld’s EoFTTP is a true Ethernet circuit and is therefore capable of delivering all Commsworld’s standard Fibre Ethernet features reliably and flexibly – with the usual end-to-end resilience of all our products, as well as a highly valuable burstable increase to 1Gbps when needed.”

Through this fibre connection, EoFTTP pledges to guarantee 100Mbps as a minimum, but is also ‘burstable’ to 1Gbps during higher demand periods. Commsworld plans to add additional alternative network operators to further extend coverage of EoFTTP in the coming months.

We should point out that a number of other ISPs have also launched EoFTTP products over the past few years.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Ben says:

    > “cost effective”

    But no published price?

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      It’s sadly not uncommon for business providers to hide the pricing for higher tier products.

    2. Avatar photo RightSaidFred says:

      Not sure how this could legitimately fall within “higher tier” products tbh.

    3. Avatar photo XGS says:

      I imagine the pricing will be substantially different depending on the network the service is provided over so a quote would be needed.

    4. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Anything above regular FTTP tends to get hidden pricing treatment from a lot of providers.

  2. Avatar photo - says:

    The problem with this is you will inevitably be sharing the PON with someone with a 1.8Gb resi package they got for £50 a month as well as upto 30 others.

    Openreach only offer max of I think 110/55Mb “priority” CDR even on the 1G circuits, so realistically one has to see this as an alternative for a 100Mb leased line, that trades some of the quality (stability, and low latency to the OHP/exchange) for burst speed, or a small upgrade for EOFTTC.

    With real 1G Ethernet leased lines available for as low as £300/pm these days one has to wonder who would trade that for a 110/55Mb burstable to 1G for £150. Not sure I would really. Voip will suffer.

  3. Avatar photo Greg says:

    We have 20+ sites currently with EoFTTC, the biggest win is our provider allowing us to use multiple VRF’s
    If that’s supported over EoFTTP looks like a winner for me.

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