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UK Broadband’s Relish vs Fibre 

Relish is the name for a pilot 4G fixed network initially covering the central London area just launched by UK Broadband. It is being offered as an alternative to fibre.

At present the service covers the core area from Kensington in the west to Canary Wharf in the East and from North to South, Shoreditch to Southwark. Having launched in central London the plan is to roll the service out to Greater London and other UK cities in due course. “We do not have a fixed time line. We would like to roll-out quickly but our focus right now is on providing a great service for central Londoners.”

Customers signing up for the service receive an Indoor Hub, which is very similar to any other router but connects to the Relish 4G network. This hub can connect up to 25 Wi-Fi enabled devices as well as having four network ports.

Operating in the 3.5/3.6GHz bands using spectrum awarded by Ofcom for Fixed Wireless Access until 2018 and employing TD-LTE (Time Division Long Term Evolution) the company is offering it as an alternative to fibre. It is an asymmetric service with the downlink speed being faster than the uplink. Where customers require the same speed in both directions, Relish offers Dedicated Business Internet which uses a different type of wireless technology.

Overall UKB announced four core products. They are Home Broadband, Business Broadband, Mobile Broadband (Pocket Hub) and Dedicated Business Internet. Home, Business and Mobile services promise next business day delivery and installation from time of order, while the Dedicated Business Internet service (similar to a leased line) is provided within 10 days. Monthly prices for unlimited “fibre-fast broadband, no contracts and no extras – and no landline needed” start from £20 incl. VAT and £25 excl. VAT for home and business use respectively. For home use, the company will provide a suitable access point, Indoor Hub, which connects the customer’s existing LAN to the outside world.

UKB is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based conglomerate PCCW. Commencing in 2012, the company has built and operates a number of LTE networks around the country such as one covering Swindon where it is aimed at meeting the needs of both the public sector and businesses.

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Comment by Nad, Nov 10, 2014 17:04

Just placed a home broadband offer with Relish. But, really shocked and holrrified reading customer comments/ feedback and barrage of complaints all over the net! I am getting scared, and wondering whether I should stick to my current ISP, Sky. Their braodband service was not that great!
I was intially excited to read about the whole concept of service provided by Relish, and thought it would be wonderful to get rid of good ol' landline phones! Seeking advices and tips from current users in this forum! Let me know your experiences, speed and customer services you received. Would you recommend giving Relish a go; or should I make use of the 14-day return wondow!?
Thanks :-)

Comment by Tony, Nov 7, 2014 17:54

Saw the Relish advertising on the Tube - looked into it - would need to have a delivery of the home hub at work; for medical reasons, need to know the weight of the package to be carried back home. So, asked Relish support via the web page chat. They took so long to acknowledge the question that I dialled the 0330 number - spoke to a lady there, explained the same question. Was put on hold. She did come back, only to tell me that "it's not heavy" but could not provide the hub package's weight.  Really I'm not impressed. The comments here about their attitude and the many reports of dire download performance all point the same way it seems - I plan to avoid this provider for the time being, to avoid the likely hassle. That's a shame, as the advertising is refreshing and the proposition looks sensible on the surface.

Comment by adrianmorant, Nov 1, 2014 21:04

When I reported on the Relish service in June it was just starting up. One would have expected some teething troubles. Unfortunately, it is now nearly 6 months down the road and, as these reports show, they are not always getting it right. How can one tell whether the majority are happy with the service and a small minority experiencing the reported problems -- or vice versa. All one can really suggest is that, if signing up to Relish, one should not cancel one's existing service until sure that Relish is coming up to scratch

Comment by Kohei, Nov 1, 2014 19:47

I got Relish home hub for my home in Bayswater. The estimated download speed on its website was about 5-30Mbps but it was actually disappointingly slow, 100Kbps-4Mbps. Its email support was so bad too (does not reply to my emails), but I finally manage to return the hub and get all refunded. If you are really lucky, you may get 30Mbps, so give it a try. The concept of the service is very good, so I hope the company make it really work in my area.

Comment by BINCH, Oct 8, 2014 14:22

Live in Shoreditch, the supposed centre of Tech City and yet regularly have no internet connection. Deeply regret switching to Relish. I though Orange was bad but it least it was reliable. Oh, and the £20/month advertising omits the VAT you need to pay, so it's actually more expensive. A complete rort!

Comment by Will, Sep 9, 2014 22:32

Received a router from Relish yesterday. I live in the center of SW1 London so pretty much as central as you can get and I am only achieving download speeds of 3 - 4MB. I've moved the router all around my flat and that's as good as it gets. I called customer services earlier today to see if there was a problem but they were pretty unhelpful telling me that 'someone from tech would call me back'/. Never heard from them. Now looking forward to doing battle with them again tomorrow when I ask to send this thing back, cant wait!

Comment by rsmith, Aug 6, 2014 11:54

I just got this delivered by bike and pluged it in expecting my upto 30MB internet as my current BT is only 5Mb in e14 isle of dogs (section with no fibre) I just linked it all up router had full signal I linked it to my computer did a speed test andit was slower than 13k.  slower than the dial up I had from BT with my P60 Packard bell.  I cant load screen shots on here but the uplink was 11.69 and download 12.048 with full signal LTE.  You can see my post on Called to cancel and you just get attitude from them and excuses.  Was passed through to collections and the girl was rude and made no effort to find our account and said you must give me customer number which I could not find.  Found in the end and sh said you will receive a back in 24 hrs 3 days maybe take it to post office and put phone down!!! AVVVOIIIDD

Comment by Osman, Jul 3, 2014 8:39

To bring a bit of balance to the comments, I'm actually reasonably impressed with the service. They did suffer an outage a few hours after I first connected which was a bit concerning, but they fixed it a few hours later. Before the outage, I was getting speeds of 48mb/s, and it doesn't seem to have recovered fully yet as I'm getting 29mb/s the following day. It's not ideal, but I'm not expecting perfection from a brand new service just yet. For a bit of perspective, my old phone-based connection cost 50% more for a 15mb/s connection. Oh and the hassle of contacting customer services? I went on their website and used the chat box. Pretty simple.

All things considered it's not a bad service so far, and it's likely to get a lot better with time.

Comment by Ivan, June 17, 2014 21:35

Avoid this company please, you will stress yourself for nothing trying to get the device to work, it causes too many problems, there is faulty items, ethernet cable doesn't work on the router, very slow speed broadband, lucky if you can get 5 Mbps. Avoid the hassle of contacting customer services.

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