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TalkTalk Business Broadband: Up to 20Mbps fibre coming January 2013

What’s new with TalkTalk Business Broadband?

20Mbps symmetrical Ethernet over Superfast Broadband coming March-April

TalkTalk Business Broadband: Up to 20Mbps fibre coming January 2013The new TalkTalk Business broadband package which we rather excitedly reported would bring 1Gbps speeds to customers won’t actually provide speeds likes that from launch, nor will it be commercially available in January.

In a phone conversation with TalkTalk Business Product Line Manager Sonia Hanson we were told to expect a March-April release window, with some customers trialling the new service beforehand in January.

Speeds on TalkTalk Business’ new Ethernet over Superfast Broadband service will provide a symmetrical 20Mbps service – that’s 20Mbps download and upload speeds – and a number of additional options such as static IP and the option of 7 hour fix time.

Unlimited downloads will included as standard on the new service but Ms. Hanson wouldn’t be drawn on the price for the new service, only to remark that it would be “competitive” and that the products was a “strategic move” for TalkTalk Business.

TalkTalk Business broadband is available in over 11,000 exchanges in the UK so it’s got the potential to reach out to enterprise customers in a large number of areas.

November 23, 2012

Previous news stories about TalkTalk Business Broadband

TalkTalk Business Broadband: Up to 1Gbps fibre coming January 2013

TalkTalk Business Broadband will be launching an ‘Ethernet over Fibre variant’ which will launch in January 2013.

Expected to provide symmetrical speeds of up to 20Mbps, the reveal was nestled in among TalkTalk’s latest financial results.

The confirmation that TalkTalk Business will be launching the new product reads:

“From January 2013, we shall also offer an Ethernet over Fibre variant of the service which
will deliver high speed symmetrical services at a significantly lower price point than
traditional Ethernet technologies. The launch of Fibre for our business customers is a
significant milestone for us in the development of both our Broadband and Ethernet families
of products.”

We already knew that TalkTalk Business was plotting something fibre-related but now we have a much clearer picture of when it’s going to land. We’d be interested to see how the “significantly lower price point” differs from BT and Virgin Media’s Ethernet offerings and how TalkTalk aims to disrupt this space.

The two products that will be available to business will provide speeds of up to 10Mbps and 20Mbps both down and up.

The 1Gbps speeds we heard of earlier refer to a Fibre over Ethernet product which will provide top speeds of 1Gbps in the first mile.

November 16, 2012

1Gbps Fibre Broadband incoming

TalkTalk’s Business Broadband products will include fibre broadband services providing speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Available in two flavours – up to 40Mbps and up to 80Mbps – the new TalkTalk Business Broadband packages will be offered alongside the traditional TalkTalk Business Broadband deals which offers speeds of up to 24Mbps, based on your location and distance from the BT exchange.

TalkTalk Business Broadband: Fibre broadband coming in November

As with TalkTalk’s residential fibre broadband offerings, the business fibre products will use Openreach FTTC and will be available wherever BT has rolled out upgrades. Currently over 11 million UK homes can order FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband on the Openreach network.

It’s not yet known what other services will be included alongside the faster speeds, but we can expect TalkTalk mainstays such as web hosting, anytime calls and optional extra lines to be offered alongside broadband and line rental bundles.

Currently, TalkTalk Business Broadband is priced at either £24.50/month – £10 for the broadband plus £14.50 for line rental – or £15/month for broadband on it’s own.

We can expect the price of business fibre to be higher than this, but it’s not yet known how much the new services will cost.

There also looks to be plans to offer faster services in the pipeline. Details on the ground are thin at the moment, but  this slide grabbed from Slideshare promises ‘high speed symmetric business grade services’ and speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 1Gbps.

We know that BT is planning on implementing an ‘FTTP On Demand’ upgrade programme once trials in 2013 end. BT has also said that its network is capable of handling 1Gbps speeds. Given the March-May end date for the FTTP On Demand trial, we’ve at least got a vague idea of when TalkTalk might be getting this ready.

October 24, 2012