20Mbps down 5Mbps up $89.95 a month,that's ridiculous...about $20 bucks more than I thought it would be.Aliant rolls out Fibre to the Home in Fredericton
FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2009
In July of this year, Bell Aliant announced that by the middle of 2010, 70,000 homes in Fredericton and Saint John New Brunswick will have the fastest broadband connections in the country thanks to fibre to the home (FTTH) technology.
Today the company announced that its FibreOP residential services is now being rolled out on the north side of Fredericton and that remaining areas of Fredericton and Saint John will receive service between now and the middle of next year.
FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with blazing fast upload and download speeds. Aliant says it will be offering internet services at speeds of up to 35Mbps download with 10Mbps upload along with HD television service.
FibreOP television starts at $35.95 per month while FibreOP internet with 20Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload will cost $89.95 per month. A 35Mbps download / 10Mbps upload service is priced at $109.95 per month. FibreOP services - telephone, internet, digital television - can be purchased alone or bundled together.
Not exactly true. Verizon is the only other telco in NA that is selling FTTH so it is the only one that can be looked at for apples to apples cost comparisons.Besides, Verizon isn't a good comparison. Compare the cost to Aliant's actual competition: Rogers.
That is a straw man. It is inevitable that SOMEONE will buy/order ANY new product/service. The greater point is that the uptake will be VERY small compared to what it COULD be if the prices were better. Enthusiasts and bit torrent freaks will be all over this stuff but really, what percentage of the population is that?Considering people have already ordered it, I would say you're wrong.
I guess it depends on what you want to compare. What matters to me is what I can actually get. I can't get Verizon. So their prices mean very little to me. I can get FibreOP, and that appears to be beating Rogers pretty handily.Not exactly true. Verizon is the only other telco in NA that is selling FTTH so it is the only one that can be looked at for apples to apples cost comparisons.
The REAL pricing problem for Aliant is that in most Atlantic markets, there has been no increase in speed of DSL service for a LONG time. Then, when they finally come out with a good jump, the price diff is enormous. If anything, the "No Cap" feature will hopefully force Rogers to drop their caps in the same markets.
At the technical level, FTTH is the only upgrade path for the POTS based telco companies as they have sat on their hands for so long. They have monetized their old copper infrastructure better than anything out there and then when they upgrade, finally, they sell the service like the music industry sold us CDs over cassettes. (For those that are not aware, the music industry got in crap in the USA for gouging on CD prices and lost a massive class action.)