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UK ISP PlusNet Enters Commercial Trial of FTTC Superfast 40Mbps Broadband

Posted: 26th Jan, 2011 By: MarkJ
cheapest uk isp plusnet broadbandConsumer ISP PlusNet UK, which recently pledged that its "broadband won't be beat on price", has announced the launch of their commercial 'up to' 40Mbps next generation FTTC broadband beta trial (PlusNet Fibre). It has even offered up some of the first preliminary pricing details.

At present PlusNet has more than 600 customers on its semi-closed alpha FTTC trial, with over 100 orders in progress or requests waiting to go on. They also have a further 70 customers on the FTTP service, which can deliver ultrafast download speeds of up to 110Mbps.

PlusNet's Dave Tomlinson said:

The Fibre Beta Trial will be available on Value, Extra, Pro and all Business ADSL products and will cost an additional £12 (inc VAT) per month on top of the standard subscription cost. The Beta Trial is open to both existing residential customers on one of our older products, however they would need to change to Value, Extra or Pro to take part in the Fibre Beta Trial. We would recommend that customers select Extra because of the higher usage allowance. We have seen that on average people use about 40% more usage by going to FTTC. This is likely down to people using the Internet more and using richer content like iPlayer in HD.

We are very pleased at the overall performance of FTTC, we made a few internal changes yesterday to resolve a few small bugs in the system (for example, customers should shortly see the speed showing as 37Mbps on our website instead of 20Mbps) and have been busily training some of our support team.

Customers wishing to help test the commercial trial can do so by going HERE, although it's probably better to wait until the final products launch "later in the year". It's certainly interesting to note that people who swap to FTTC are using 40% more data than before. In the very near future we'll be investigating how NGA solutions have impacted usage for those who adopt them.
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