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VDSL from cabinet broadband service

Keep it simple, with Home::1 from AAISP

In addition to our units based pricing, we now have our new Home::1 tariff specifically aimed at home users. It starts with ADSL and 100GB/month download for but has simple add-ons for higher usage levels and faster speeds, like VDSL/FTTC for just £10 more..

Home::1 is an anytime tariff, but has the same high quality that makes it ideal for any family, whether you are in to games or just FaceBook and iPlayer. Like all of our services Home::1 includes IPv6 as standard.


RJ11 plugBT have embarked on a large scale upgrade of the UK national telephone infrastructure. This includes new broadband equipment in exchanges and back-haul to ISPs. 21CN technology is being rolled out to the whole country over a period of many years.

BT are also deploying new cabinets allowing VDSL from the cabinet services. These have fibre (or microwave) from the exchange to a street cabinet (FTTC - Fibre to the cabinet), and then normal telephone line running to your premises. Because the cabinet is much closer this allows even faster services and use of faster VDSL technology.


Installation£60.00Normal install price of new service and changing from existing no FTTC service.
Monthly (line only)£22.20 pcmMonthly cost for (broadband) line only, applicable when this is an extra line on the same site.
Monthly (2 units)£30.00 pcmMonthly cost with the minimum 2 units per month of usage allowance.
Daytime usageGB/unitDaytime period (9am-6pm Mon-Fri except hols) usage is GB/unit.
Evening/weekend/holiday is 50GB/unit
GoodAvailable as exchanges and cabinets are upgraded to support FTTC. This is not the same roll out as 21CN ADSL and can be available on exchanges with only 20CN ADSL. You have to be connected to an upgraded cabinet, not just a suitable exchange. However, BT are rapidly extending availability throughout the UK.
TechnologyVDSLVDSL is a newer broadband protocol available on the shorter lines used for FTTC. The exact speed depends on line length and quality as well as the specific service offerings we have available in your area. Use the line checker to confirm likely speeds for your line.
Migration£15.00Migration from DSL or LLU is normal install price, this reduced migration price applies for moving from an existing BT based FTTC service, such as BT Infinity.


Premium£12.00 pcmWithout premium service speeds are capped at 40Mb/s downstream, and 10Mb/s upstream. With premium option the caps are 80Mb/s down and 20Mb/s up. Premium also provides high priority within the BT back-haul network.
Care£12.00 pcmEnhanced care is available, providing higher priority repair service.


Marketing statement: The speed of the service depends on the distance from the cabinet to your premises, the type and quality of cable, and may depend on other factors such as local radio interference. Use the availability checker to get an idea of the speed.

Warning: The speed estimate is usually quite good, but this is an estimate and is also very much outside our control. In general lines get close to or more than the forecast, but they can be much lower in some rare cases and very difficult to get fixed if that happens. As a general guide, lines forecast over 2Mb/s will always get more than 2Mb/s as BT will accept a fault report from us if they go below that. Such lines should also not suddenly lose more than 25% of their speed. We appreciate this gives a lot of scope for disappointment and we are working on improving this with BT where possible.

Technical statement: Whilst the technology can allow speeds as high as 100Mb/s download on very short lines the service speeds are capped. For standard service downlink is limited to 40Mb/s and uplink to 10Mb/s. With the premium option these caps are doubled to 80Mb/s down and 20Mb/s. It is important to realise that a line will not necessary reach these speeds, and purchasing the premium option will not necessarily give speeds that are faster than the standard option if the line cannot achieve these speeds. The premium option is a chargeable option for the higher priority in the BT network and for increased caps on the service and so the charge applies if you purchase the premium option even if your line speed is below the 40Mb/s down or 10Mb/s up.

Some existing customers with service before April 2012 may be on capped rates of 40/2 or 40/10, with or without the premium option. The pricing depends on whether you have the premium option, and not the line speed. For a one-off fee, customers can change to the new cap for their service (40/10 standard and 80/20 premium) but this restarts the 12 month minimum term on the service when you do this. Contact sales for more details.


This service is only available where your line is connected to a suitable FTTC cabinet, or a new line can be installed via a suitable cabinet if ordering a simultaneous provision of phone line and FTTC. If you do not have a BT phone line, then the availability checker can be used to check based on your address. An FTTC simultaneous provision is where we provide a PSTN line and the FTTC service. Occasionally it is not possible the match up the phone line order and the FTTC order, in these (rare) cases the FTTC install will be 5 days later.


You can upgrade your 20CN or 21CN line to FTTC if it is available on your line. The upgrade cost is the same as a new install. See the Regrade page for help with upgrading your line.

Usage tariffs

Our standard broadband services have a usage based tariff. (There are special tariffs like Home::1 which are different). You choose how many units per month in advance and can change from month to month if you wish. Using too little or too much is carried over to the next month within limits and using way too much means excess usage charges. The amount of usage you get for each unit depends on the time of day and what type of line you have. Only download counts, not upload. A unit is at least one gigabyte (GB) of peak download. Your usage does not have to be whole units at certain times, you can use some of a unit during the day and some in the evening, etc. Daytime usage is 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except holidays) and uses units the fastest. How it works Changing tariff


FTTC is provided as a wires-only connection, which means BT will send an engineer to the cabinet to jumper the wiring but will not need to visit your premises. You will need a splitter and a suitable VDSL modem. This could be a VDSL/Ethernet bridge connected to a separate PPPoE router, or be an integrated in to a single VDSL router. We sell a pre-configured VDSL modem/router with WiFi as an option.

When is fibre not fibre?

We believe there are some cases in remote villages where BT are providing the equivalent service to FTTC but using a microwave back-haul to the exchange instead of a fibre link. At present we are not able to identify such cases, but we expect that people in such villages are aware of this. If we find a way to identify such cases we will update our availability checker to reflect this so that customers are aware that the service is not actually FTTC. In practice, the services using a microwave link work in the same way with the same speeds.


Note that FTTC works differently to typical ADSL broadband and needs a VDSL modem. You will need a VDSL modem and PPPoE router, or combined VDSL modem/router to use the service. The underlying service operates as PPPoE over Ethernet over VDSL and uses a VLAN tag of 101 and no PPPoE service name.

The service supports RFC4638 with baby jumbo frames to support 1,500 byte MTU, but if your equipment cannot handle this then 1,492 MTU will be the highest you can use.

Note: This service has a minimum term. If you cease or migrate within the minimum term then an early termination fee applies.