BT reveals initial wholesale pricing for G.fast broadband rollout

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BT has announced wholesale pricing for Openreach's initial G.fast broadband rollout which features 'up to' 330Mbps download speeds for homes and businesses. 

G.fast technology is expected to reach approximately 29 million premises by 2029, and BT has been at the forefront of tests. Back in May, we reported BT had begun field trials of G.fast in several locations. Joe Garner, CEO Openreach, said at the time: “Today is the start of a new chapter in building Britain’s connected future. This is the largest trial of G.fast technology in the world and it builds on the pioneering research of BT’s world-class R&D teams."  

As of January next year, their pilot initiative will be live in 17 locations across the UK with the intention of reaching 138,000 premises by the end of March. The current plan is to have "most of the UK" covered by 2025 which likely means around 60 percent of premises. 

G.fast Pilot Pricing from 9th January 2017 

  • £49 for Managed Engineer Install with CP Device, £99 for Managed Engineer Install with Openreach Modem 

  • £9.95/month +vat rental for 160/30Mbps and 330/50Mbps 

For comparisonOpenreach’s current 80Mbps FTTC / VDSL2 based solution is about £49 +vat to self-install with annual rental of £119.40 (or £9.95 per month, equal to G.fast's initial pricing.) Openreach's 330Mbps FTTP service is £92 for connection and £355.32 rental (£29.61 per month.) 

Initial deployments are expected to deliver speeds of around 300Mbps before a boost up to 500Mbps later on – both of which represent speeds far higher than most consumers are used to.  

With the European Commission setting a target of connecting 50 percent of all premises with speeds of 100Mbps or higher by 2020, Ovum Research believes this will drive a more "aggressive" deployment of G.fast technology in order to help operators meet targets. Such a rapid deployment will lead to Western Europe having more widespread G.fast availability than other regions.  

"Other regions are expected to [be] less aggressive in deploying G.fast, with only 3 percent of broadband services in other markets migrating to the platform. Across these regions, the share of fixed broadband subscribers will range between 1 percent and 4 percent."  

The next iteration of G.fast – known as XG-FAST – is being developed by Bell Labs and broke the previous broadband record in tests with 10Gbps speeds. 

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said: "The UK already leads Europe when it comes to superfast broadband coverage and speeds, with around 40,000 more homes and businesses getting access every week thanks to the government rollout.  

"We want to stay ahead of the competition and so it’s good to see this continued investment and innovation in the industry. BT is harnessing its world-class technology and engineering expertise to help the UK lead the way on ultrafast broadband and remain a world-leading digital economy."  

BT has used several international vendors in their test of G.Fast including equipment from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, and Huawei. The company is also working alongside chipset manufacturers and global standards bodies to advance the technology and increase its speed and performance.  

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