While Openreach is heavily criticised for its heavy focus on FTTC services, for those who must have full fibre (FTTP) there has been the promise of Fibre on Demand.
Unfortunately for potential business users, this will not be a “symmetric” service; the upload speed will be only 30Mbps. This is hardly better than the 20Mbps maximum possible with FTTC, so for many applications this can be regarded as a 30Mbps connection; only just reaching “superfast broadband” speeds in one direction. However, the plans do provide some hope that those of us on long noisy phone lines, and surrounded by trees, may finally achieve a stable “superfast” connection; at a price.
Andrew reckons that “FTTP on Demand is likely to cost around £1000 to £1500 for installation”, although he does not state where he gets these figures. The BT announcement just says “Any installation fee is highly likely to be distance dependent given the nature of the necessary work.”