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Author Topic: Openreach Cuts 100Mb and 1Gb Ethernet Access Prices Again  (Read 312 times)


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Openreach Cuts 100Mb and 1Gb Ethernet Access Prices Again
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:20:48 AM »

Network access provider Openreach (BT) has announced a number of special offers and general price reductions across their business focused Ethernet access products, which primarily impacts connection fees and rentals on their 100Mbps and 1Gbps tiers.

The reductions all are due to come into effect from 1st April 2018 and reflect discounts that range from around -25% to -3%. For example, the rental on a standard Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) 1Gbps line will go from £2,850 +vat to £2,460 +vat and meanwhile the one-off new connection price of an EAD 100Mbps service has temporarily been cut by £450.

Itís worth pointing out that the EAD 100Mb reductions for connection fees actually appears to represent a price rise because the service was previously on a more dramatic special offer until 31st March 2018, which attracted a single fixed fee of just £656 (ECC).

I'm wondering whether the general strategy of OR is to try and get as many businesses to order ultra high speed technologies as that will end up paying for a portion of laying the infastructure. I'm saying this because we also had the reduced FOD prices too, trying to encourage more take up of these technologies to businesses and also residential customers (even though no fttp isp offers this to residential customers  >:( )
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Re: Openreach Cuts 100Mb and 1Gb Ethernet Access Prices Again
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 10:40:05 AM »

Deploying EADs doesn't contribute much to PONs, sadly. Might get some fibre trays installed here and there but the rest of the network runs in parallel.

The FoD changes are not targeting individual residential customers they are aimed at service providers looking to migrate multiple customers to FTTP simultaneously.

FoD prices in terms of total cost of ownership over the first three years are not changing much. The costs have just been front-loaded into the install rather than being spread across a 36 month contract. I imagine no-one is offering them to residential customers because the market for residential users wanting to pay thousands in install charges for FTTP is miniscule and it's not worth the hassle  :)