Price drop of Openreach's FTTC 40Mbps wholesale price

Saturday, January 5th 2019

UK's top ISP and a part of BT, Openreach has recently announced that they have reduced the wholesale price of their 40 Mbps FTTC/VDSL2 broadband package tier by £8.08 with effect from April 1, 2019. There is also small changes in unbundled packages and Wholesale Line Rental made.

The changes are due to the market review by Ofcom on Wholesale Local Access impact and charge controls. The reduction in 40 Mbps tier will be more attractive for those in slower ADSL2+ lines.

However the price changes does not have impact on the ultimate consumers like us. As usual we need to pay at retail. As the ISPs will need to add other costs of VAT, network services, profit margin etc on it. But still some ISPs are having plan for price discounts and some others would not want to pass this benefit to the final consumers.

The packages & prices are:

WLR basic line rental:
The current price of the product is £92.18 and there will be a nominal price rise in April charged at £92.44.

SMPF rental :
The current price of the product is £5.93 and there will a price rise in April charged at £6.15.

MPF Discounted Rental (SML1 in tariff) :
The current price of the product is £85.91 and there will a nominal price reduction in April charged at £85.81.

GEA-FTTC (40Mb downstream, 10Mb upstream) :
The current price of the product is £69.59 and there will a price reduction in April charged at £61.51.

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