The Ultimate Guide to CityFibre

CityFibre is new in town. Well, lots of towns. And cities – most cities, in fact. And it’s continuing to grow, at an incredible rate.

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What Is Business Fibre?

Business fibre is a next gen technology that brings faster, more reliable internet connections to business premises compared to the older DSL technology.

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FTTP on Demand Costs Are Still Killing The Technology

FTTP has been marketed as somewhat of a panacea for businesses; it's a fibre connection at an affordable cost. Let's face it who wouldn't want high-speed, fibre internet access, for less than £100/month? 

So when FTTP on Demand was launched it should have been an enormous step forward in the adoption of fibre access in the UK, instead FTTP has led a troubled past, the three significant drawbacks of FTTP on Demand have been:
  • minimum 36-month contract
  • high monthly fees (in the region of £200/month)
  • high installation fees (related to the distance between the fibre connection - near the fibre street cabinet - and the premises).

Openreach announced on 30th October 2017 that from February 2018, the fixed connection charge for FTTP on Demand will be decreased from £750 (excluding VAT) to £92 (excluding VAT) for a 330 Mbps download/30 Mbps upload service. Furthermore, the distance-based fee will be replaced by a build charge. Openreach provides estimates of build charges on a case-by-case basis.

Now, in March 2018, that sounds like great news, especially if you are considering a shift to fibre broadband. Install costs should now be affordable... right? After all the giant UK network operator Openreach has spoken. So we thought we'd test how the theory works in practice, and this is what we found.

In Advantages & Disadvantages, FTTP