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UK ISP Claranet Touts Launch of Gamer Friendly Fibre FTTC Broadband Packages

Posted: 24th May, 2011 By: MarkJ
claranet uk ispBusiness focused ISP Claranet has revamped its SOHO division, which is dedicated to home users and small businesses, to offer a new range of up to 40Mbps capable "Super Fast FTTC Fibre Optic Broadband" packages.

The Optimal 2Mb FTTC service costs £36 inc. VAT per month (special launch offer), which sits about mid-way among the pack of supporting ISPs for affordability. Crucially Claranet makes some bold claims about being very good for multiplayer gaming ("superfast ping rates") and offering "unlimited downloads" (Fair Usage Policy).

Claranet SOHO's Director, Jason Keen, said:

"On a personal note, before switching to FTTC, I would be constantly banging my head against the wall when playing online. The lag would often cause my game to stall, resulting in my untimely death! Since moving to fibre, I can happily play online, even when my wife and son are using the Internet. It makes sense that if I think FTTC is this good, that Claranet SOHO offers the service to other gamers across the UK."
Claranet Optimal 2Mb FTTC Package

•Up to 40Mb/s downstream speeds (minimum of 8Mb/s at peak times)
•Choice of 2Mb/s or 10Mb/s upstream speeds
•Unlimited downloads (FUP)
•Free engineer install
•Access to our business grade network
•Skilled UK based support
•12 or 24 month contract options
•Free Zxyel NBG4604 Wireless N Gigabit router
It's understood that the £36 per month special offer price only applies to those who take their 24 month contract deal, which is a very long commitment; FTTC prices are highly likely to fall over the same period. Apparently the normal package price is £50 per month.

We also attempted to hunt down Claranet's FUP, which warned that anybody "found to be using a disproportionate amount of bandwidth for your services at peak times [may] be asked to reduce your usage, or move to an alternative Service. Failure to remedy this situation may result in your Service being terminated or restricted.". Claranet does not make clear precisely what a "disproportionate amount of bandwidth" actually is.
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