BT will launch its 220Mbps-down/20Mbps-up fibre-to-the-premises option on June 1 after a successful trial.
BT wholesale network provider Openreach will also streamline the range of FTTP connections available for ISPs to sell from September 1.
The 220/20Mbps service will cost broadband providers £225.78/year with VAT – that’s £18.70/month before they add profit, support and admin costs – and you’ll still pay line rental as well.
Without line rental, ISPs will pay BT Openreach £345.60/year with VAT – or £28.80/month – and there’s a £110.40 setup charge for all new connections.
Unless you’re in a new-build home or business already wired up for BT’s FTTP you’ll also have to pay BT Openreach’s FTTP On Demand charges for a connection, averaging £1,500.
BT plans to have two-thirds of UK premises in range of a fibre cabinet by Spring 2014, with more being put in range through state-funded BDUK and Super-Connected Cities rollouts by 2016.
Openreach’s streamlined FTTP range
BT launched its FTTP services with a wide range of services in Summer 2012, but after almost a year it’s decided to streamline the range.
From September 1, the BT Openreach FTTP portfolio will be (prices exclude VAT and line rental):
- 40/2Mbps at £6.90/month
- 40/10Mbps at £7.40/month
- 80/20Mbps at £9.95/month
- 220/20Mbps at £15.61/month
- 330/30Mbps at £29.61/month
From then, ISPs will no longer be able to offer connections at 40/15Mbps, 100/15Mbps, 110/15Mbps, 100/30Mbps and 330/20Mbps.
Customers will still be able to use them until March 2014, by which time their broadband provider should have moved them to another tariff.
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