UK Broadbands Relish vs 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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