BT slams Virgin's superfast broadband as too expensive
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 28 Oct 2010 at 15:06
BT has laid into Virgin Media's plans to launch 100Mbits/sec broadband later this year, branding the offer as too expensive.
The superfast broadband arena is getting competitive – which can only be a good thing for Britain – and the gloves are off as the two leading providers spar in the lead up to 100Mbits/sec services.
“Their new service is more than twice the price of BT's fibre product and so we are surprised by the high price when most family budgets are tight," said BT. “Take up is as important as availability... so we would question why Virgin are charging such a premium.”
Virgin plans to start offering a 100Mbits/sec service later this year, with barebones services priced at £45 a month for the connection, or £35 if customers buy other services from the company.
BT has already started rolling out its Infinity fibre services, with a basic connection costing £20 a month, but price is only half the story.
BT's current offering at £20 is a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet service which offers “up to” 40Mbits/sec download speeds, and comes with a 40GB download limit. On a straight Mbit/pound ratio, Virgin's price looks competitive at 50p/Mbit.
Virgin also points out that cable customers don't need to pay BT line rental, which adds another £10 a month to telecoms bills.
It is unknown what BT plans to charge when it starts to roll out its 100Mbits/sec Fibre-to-the-Premises services, possibly as early as next year. Virgin's 50Mbits/sec costs £28 a month.
BT also couldn't resist making a dig at the fact that BT has to make its network available to rival ISPs throught its wholesale commitments.
The company agreed Virgin's offer would add competition for consumers on the network, “albeit a network that is isn’t open to other companies in the way BT’s is”.
Perhaps BT should sort out their network before complaining about the value of others.
In the few areas that have FTTC BT is still half the speed and with BT's rollout taking longer than the second coming Virgin will be at 200Mbits before it's complete.
The only way I can get 100Mbits from BT is to lease a line at £1300 p/m so perhaps Virgin are no that expensive after all.
By JStairmand on 28 Oct 2010
Well said. They can charge as much as they want. If people want it they will pay
You get more than twice the speed of BT for twice the price. Seems fair to me.
By TimoGunt on 28 Oct 2010
£25 for BT's dodgy 20Mb service or £45 for the 100Mb service from the usually reliable (I have found) Virgin Media. Hmmm...
By nabster on 28 Oct 2010
Price / Availiblity
Makes no difference to those of us that cannot get either.
grizzle, grizzle, grumble...
By greemble on 28 Oct 2010
When I first signed up for Virgin (or rather, Blueyonder as it was then) the cost was £25 a month for a 0.5 meg service.
The upgrade to 1 megabit came between me signing up and actually getting the service.
Yes, the 100 meg service is expensive, but c'mon BT, let the market decide, OK?
By Lacrobat on 28 Oct 2010
One of my friends pays BT £17 per month for a 300K connection. After numerous complaints he's now only getting a 1Mb connection for the same price
By jeremyiwhite on 29 Oct 2010
I'm with Virgin atm, no download caps, from what I have just read BT put a down load cap of 40GB. Not being funny but 40GB would last me one week. Not sure if Virgin put a download cap on their 100Mb service but if they don't I think the price is good.
By Shakaka on 29 Oct 2010
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