Openreach, the largest broadband network in the UK, has announced it is changing its full fibre prices. This could improve your chances of getting its incredible internet speeds even sooner than before.
The new offer will encourage broadband suppliers to speed up their full fibre rollout. So you might be able to upgrade your connection to full fibre very soon.
Find out what Openreach’s new pricing plan is and what it could mean for you as a customer.
Openreach’s full fibre pricing offer is basically a long-term price promise. It will guarantee up to ten years of pricing certainty for providers that agree to install its full fibre connections in more homes.
Openreach (which is owned by BT Group) will charge providers a single, nationwide rental fee to use those services. This fee will also be cheaper than the current rate it charges.
Providers that sign up to this agreement will be allowed to offer a range of full fibre deals at many different speeds. So, if this goes ahead, you should have a lot of options to choose from, depending on what speed is best for you.
In response to the news, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is consulting with other full fibre providers. It will seek thoughts from Hyperoptic, CityFibre, Community Fibre and others on whether Openreach’s new offer will make the competition unfair. If it’s decided the plan will have a bad impact, Openreach may have to change its terms.
Full fibre is the fastest type of broadband currently available. It uses fibre-optic broadband cables to connect from the broadband exchange directly to your property.
Fibre broadband has existed for years. But in the past, it had only connected fibre-optic cables to a green cabinet on your street. The rest of the journey to your home is then completed with copper phone lines. At the moment, this is the most common broadband connection in the UK. And it is a lot slower than full fibre.
Full fibre is a new type of broadband, with only 21% of UK homes and businesses able to access it. Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) is much better-established, with over 95% of UK coverage.
Internet speeds on FTTC are just about enough for most families at the moment. For example, a few people can stream in HD at the same time and working from home will be fairly hitch-free (unless you’re downloading a large file and on a video call at the same time).
But with more things requiring the internet each year, these speeds may soon struggle to keep up with your needs.
Full fibre can supply speeds over 12 times faster than FTTC, which will future-proof your home for decades. With full fibre, everyone in the house could be streaming Netflix in 4K at the same time, with no buffering or dip in quality.
The aim of this proposal is to get full fibre broadband to your home as quickly as possible. So if Openreach’s offer is successful, it could mean that you might be able to get much faster broadband even sooner than before.
Currently, about five million properties are covered by Openreach’s FTTP network. But BT Group is investing £15bn so that 25 million properties (around 80% of the UK) can access its full fibre services by the end of 2026.
While it could mean faster speeds for millions of Brits, you might need an engineer to visit when your turn comes.
The great news is, once that is over, you’ll be able to enjoy incredibly fast internet speeds at home. This means no more buffering, no more arguing over large game downloads and ideal speeds for working from home.
Compare broadband deals with Uswitch to see if you can already access any of our full fibre connections.