Shropshire-based ISP Aquiss has once again reduced the price of their symmetrical 1Gbps Fully Managed Business Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) “full fibre” broadband product to £330 +vat per month, which is now available across parts of 22 UK towns and cities.
The GPON service, which is NOT intended for ordinary residential consumers (it’s a different kind of product), makes use of Cityfibre’s Dark Fibre network in parts of Aberdeen, Bracknell, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Maidenhead, Northampton, Nottingham, Peterborough, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southend and Wakefield.
The service itself now costs from £257 +vat per month (down from £300) for the 500Mbps option or £330 for 1Gbps (down from £375), which includes uncontended unlimited usage, a 5 hour Service Level Agreement (use to be 6 hours), Static IP (V4/v6) address, 36 month contract and a free install (including all needed customer hardware). Service setup (lead time) typically takes 45 working days and this includes any site survey work required.
In addition, Aquiss has said they fully support the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (i.e. grants worth up to £2,500 towards the service) and are also further contributing £250 towards all installs, thus giving a further monthly discount of £76.00 from list pricing (e.g. this brings 500Mbps down to just £199 a month).
Martin Pitt, Managing Director of Aquiss, told ISPreview.co.uk:
“As a full fibre service akin to a fibre leased line, our GPON solution provides essential benefits to business customers. Unlimited usage, and the absence of upgrade charges and downtime when accessing up to Gigabit speeds gives you the flexibility you may seek; while our comprehensive Service Level Agreement, rapid return to service guarantee from our technical specialists underpins your need for reliability and connected confidence.”
The product is positioned between hybrid fibre/copper or FTTP broadband and more costly fibre Ethernet options, such as dedicated leased lines.