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Openreach drops wholesale ‘full fibre’ broadband prices to help UK upgrade its broadband

Press release   •   Jul 22, 2019 13:17 BST

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Openreach, the UK’s digital network business, is introducing a number of wholesale price reductions to encourage Communications Providers (CPs) to upgrade their customers - and attract new ones - onto faster, more reliable and future proof Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connections[1].

The new prices, some of which come into effect from 1st September, offer significant discounts across ultrafast[2] and superfast[3] services, making future-proof broadband more affordable.

The company believes the move will make it easier for CPs to choose futureproof ‘full fibre’ technology wherever it’s available to their end customers.

A more extensive table is included in the notes below, with the key price reductions being:

  • A 36 per cent reduction to the headline Ultrafast 330Mbps product at £24.28
  • A 20 per cent reduction to the entry level Ultrafast 110Mbps product at £17.28
  • A 10 per cent reduction to the entry level Superfast 40Mbps product at £14.28

Openreach also plans to introduce new 500Mbps and 1Gbps variants of its FTTP service later in the financial year 2019/20, with attractive pricing for consumers and home workers.

The new prices are designed to make Openreach’s full fibre platform more accessible, and they’re available to all CPs under the same terms and conditions, without any obligation to commit to specific volumes.

The changes will provide CPs with pricing certainty on FTTP and pave the way for potential future limited offers in exchange for CP commitments.

Katie Milligan, Managing Director for Customer, Commercial and Propositions at Openreach said: “We’re making great progress on our full fibre build programme and our discussions with customers about upgrading the country have been encouraging so far. Naturally pricing is fundamental to that shift and we want to give our wholesale customers the confidence to invest at scale in their own full fibre products and services using our network. To do that, we’re offering them a greater incentive to switch their customers to a full fibre world, with more competitive pricing and a wider choice of products.

“These price changes are a win/win for Communications Providers, their customers and Openreach. We believe they will encourage the UK’s homes and businesses to experience the benefits of faster and more reliable broadband. We hope they’ll incentivise our wholesale customers to consider the longer-term benefits of upgrading more of their customers to ultrafast Fibre to the Premises technology, particularly their customers who are currently using superfast Fibre to the Cabinet services.

At Openreach, we know that upgrading people onto future proofed full fibre broadband will keep the UK at the forefront of the global digital economy - boosting productivity, growth and prosperity. We want the UK to start reaping those benefits now, so we’re encouraging providers, homes and businesses to make the switch to FTTP wherever it’s available and sooner rather than later.”

Openreach recently increased its target for building a new full fibre network to four million premises by March 2021, with an ambition to make the technology available to 15 million homes and businesses by the mid-2020s, if the right conditions are right to invest.

The business doubled its FTTP footprint last year and it continues to ramp up the build programme across the UK – making the technology available to more than 20,000 homes and businesses every week.

More than 1.5 million UK homes and businesses now have access to faster, more reliable and future-proof full fibre broadband services over the Openreach network.

Details of the new pricing tiers be found here.

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[1] This includes the existing FTTP network and any future build outside of Openreach’s Fibre First programme

[2] Ultrafast means download speeds of 100Mbps

[3] Superfast means download speeds of 30Mbps and above

For further information

Enquiries about this story can be made to the Openreach PR team on 020 7809 7950 or email; 

press@openreach.co.uk. All news releases can be accessed on our web site.

About Openreach

Openreach Limited is the UK’s digital network business.

We’re 33,000 people, working in every community to connect homes, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, mobile phone masts, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in the UK can be connected.

We work on behalf of more than 620 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, BT and Zen, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more than 27.5m UK premises

Over the last decade we’ve invested more than £13 billion into our network and, at more than 173 million kilometres – it’s now long enough to wrap around the world 4,314 times.

Today we’re building an even faster, more reliable and future-proof broadband network which will be the UK’s digital platform for decades to come. We’re on track to reach four million premises with this ‘full fibre’ technology by March 2021 and ultimately, we want to upgrade the majority of the UK if the conditions are right. We’re also hiring around 3,000 trainee engineers this year to help us build that network and deliver better service across the country.

Openreach is a highly regulated, wholly owned, and independently governed division of the BT Group. More than 90 per cent of our revenues come from services that are regulated by Ofcom and any company can access our products under equivalent prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2019, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

For more information, visit openreach.co.uk