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By: MarkJ - 14 May, 2010 (12:00 AM)
idnet fttcPopular ISP IDNet has joined BT (Infinity) , AAISP , Eclipse Internet , Fast.co.uk and Timico in becoming the latest provider to launch its own range of next generation Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) based 'up to' 40Mbps fibre optic broadband packages, with prices starting from £24.99 per month.

Simon Davies, IDNet's Director, said:

"We see great future upgrade potential for this service. There are several parallels with the early roll-out of standard ADSL in the UK: installation is only carried-out by a qualified BT engineer using a BT-supplied modem (the modem handles the VSDL signal so an Ethernet PPPoE router is also required, which we can supply). Early BT ADSL installations were limited to 0.5Mbps (and then increased to 1, 2, 8 and 24Mbps variants).

The Fibre Broadband service is currently limited to 40Mbps but the VDSL2 standard allows for connection speeds all the way up to 100Mbps (distance dependant). Already BT have announced an upgrade due in the Summer to increase the upload speed to 15Mbps and a new repair service aimed at fixing faults within just 7 hours (compared to 20 or 40 hours currently). These factors together with the relatively low cost make the service an attractive alternative for businesses who now rely on Internet access as a critical service."
Home Starter Fibre - £24.99 (monthly)
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 10Mbps
Download Cap: 15GB Peak + 45GB Offpeak (60GB) / month
Upload Allowance: Unlimited
Traffic Priority: No
Blog/Web/Gallery Space: 1GB
Installation: £47
Contract: 12 Months


Home Plus Fibre - £27.99
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 10Mbps
Download Cap: 30GB Peak + 90GB Offpeak (120GB) / month
Upload Allowance: Unlimited
Traffic Priority: No
Blog/Web/Gallery Space: 1GB
Installation: £47
Contract: 12 Months


Home Pro Fibre - £34.99
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 10Mbps
Download Cap: 50GB Peak + 150GB Offpeak (200GB) / month
Upload Allowance: Unlimited
Traffic Priority: No
Blog/Web/Gallery Space: 2GB
Installation: £47
Contract: 12 Months


Home SuperPro Fibre - £46.99
Download Speed: up to 40Mbps
Upload Speed: up to 10Mbps
Download Cap: 80GB Peak + 320GB Offpeak (400GB) / month
Upload Allowance: Unlimited
Traffic Priority: No
Blog/Web/Gallery Space: 3GB
Installation: £47
Contract: 12 Months
The one-off activation fee includes the installation of a VDSL Modem by a BT engineer. In addition you will need an Ethernet Router to handle the PPPoE login - IDNet recommends the Wireless Netgear WGR614 which we can pre-configure and costs £49 (inc-VAT and inc-P&P) - a standard ADSL router will not be sufficient. The service can also be bundled with IDNet's Home Phone / voice line rental from an extra £10 per month.

Coverage is currently limited to 32 telephone exchanges but is growing month by month and is due to cover 66% of the population by 2015. A 12 month minimum contract term applies to all options, though if you pay for the year in advance then IDNet will give 1 months service back for FREE (Home Starter Fibre becomes £22.91 per month).

So how does this stack up against the competition? The alternative top-end BT Infinity product costs £24.99 and includes both a FREE installation, 5GB Digital Vault with Auto Backup, unlimited Wi-Fi minutes and "unlimited" downloads. However BT is known to be quite tough on their Fair Usage Policy (FUP). Elsewhere Fast.co.uk will give you a 45GB allowance for £26.99 per month.
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