Fibrecity sets 1 Gig to 1 million U.K. homes promise

BT (NYSE: BT) is not the only one with ambitious Fiber to the X plans. Competitive service provider Fibrecity has set an ambitious goal to bring 1 Gbps services to 1 million homes in four years.

Set to begin construction next year, the Fibrecity open access FTTX network will extend into Derby, Halton, Nottingham, Plymouth and York. A Fibrecity spokesperson said that while it will begin building the networks "concurrently," it won't occur in the proposed towns simultaneously and it has not determined which town will get the service first.

One aspect that could resonate with potential users is the proposed service price. Offered to customers through ISPs Velocity1 and Fibreband for about $28 a month, customers would be able to get a 100 Mbps connection and ten hour-long Gbps bursts. Comparatively, BT's Infinity service will offer 40 Mbps/2 Mbps for about $32 a month and a 40 Mbps/10 Mbps service for $40 a month.

And while Fibrecity has not made an official decision yet, the service provider is talking with other ISPs to deliver the service and possibly expand service reach into other towns such as Belfast, Aberdeen, Ipswich and Bristol.

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