BT has announced that it will be cutting the cost of the wholesale rental price of its FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) service by a third, and the company has also detailed the typical installation cost for those currently off the FTTP grid.
BT’s FTTP runs fibre directly to your house or place of business, providing a 330Mbps speed instead of the 80Mbps available via FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet – which still runs the last small distance to the property over the copper phone line). Upload speeds are 30Mbps, incidentally (compared to 20Mbps on FTTC).
Currently, Openreach charges third-party providers £60 per month wholesale rental for FTTP, but that will be dropped to £38 per month from next June – with those savings, or hopefully most of them, being passed on to the customer.
That new price will also be applicable for Openreach’s own FoD – FTTP on Demand – service which is to be launched in the spring of 2013, with FTTP to be offered across all of BT’s fibre network, not just from the current FTTP-enabled areas.
Installing an FTTP connection off-grid isn’t cheap, however, as the service provider has to hook up your property directly with fibre which involves actual construction work. The installation charge will be dependent on your location and how far it is from nearest fibre access point (cabinet or exchange).
BT reckons that a property 500 metres from the fibre network will be charged £1,000 plus a £500 setup fee, so a total of £1,500. If you’re closer than that, you won’t have to pay as much, but you’ll be looking at the best part of a grand even with the cheapest fee.
Still, that (and particularly the rental) is competitive compared to other business-class ultra-fast options such as leased lines, although you won’t have the same service (quick fault repair and suchlike) guarantees with Fibre-on-Demand.
Mike Galvin, Managing Director NGA, Openreach, said: “Our fibre plans are going very well. Our deployment is one of the fastest in the world and our services are proving very popular with the public.”
“It is now time for us to focus further on FTTP and I am pleased to say that we are making it more affordable than ever. I am sure that small businesses will welcome this major price cut and I am also sure that our fibre on demand plans will be of great interest.”