BT Wholesale has announced prices for its 160Mbps and 330Mbps G.fast broadband connections, giving an indication into how much ISPs could charge consumers for the services.
The prices for ISPs, effective from the start of this month, begin at £19 plus VAT per month to rent a 160Mbps G.fast connection with a 30Mbps upload speed, rising to £23 plus VAT per month for a 330Mbps connection with a 50Mbps upload speed.
G.fast is a fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connection designed to offer significantly higher download and upload speeds compared to other FTTC offerings, at a price lower than that of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections.
Openreach has been trialling G.fast since 2015 and is planning to increase its rollout over the coming months, with a target of making it available to ten million premises across the UK by 2020.
ISP Review notes these wholesale prices from Openreach give some insight into what retail customers can expect to pay once ISPs, such as BT or Sky, begin to offer G.fast packages. Retailers will need to add on VAT and account for other costs, such as service delivery, profit margins and data capacity.
The packages, particularly the lower 160Mbps offering, may appeal to customers who are already on an 80Mbps VDSL2 fibre connection - currently priced at £16 plus VAT - or those on older packages.
The full breakdown of BT Wholesale's pricing can be found in the table below, which compares the G.fast pricing to other VDSL2 and FTTP offerings. Products labelled 'transition' must be taken out alongside an existing line rental service.