Openreach provide the FTTC service used for the likes of BT Infinity and for our FTTC services, as a service with a hand over in the exchange. This is linked to equipment BTW operate (connecting to a BRAS).
Openreach have a 12 month term on this part. This alone is rather annoying. BT Wholesale therefore have a 12 month term for ISPs getting FTTC. Annoying but pretending for a moment that Openreach is a separate company you can see the logic.
There is now, finally, a way to migrate BTW FTTC service from one ISP to another. Yay.
This is where the con comes in:-
- BT Wholesale charge the 12 month term to the existing ISP even though they are not paying this to Openreach, and are getting a new ISP to take on the service
- BT Wholesale start a new 12 month term with the new ISP even though they have less than 12 months term to Openreach left
- BT Wholesale charge us £50 to do the migrate, even though it is just a port config change on the BRAS.
Update: Slightly odd comment from BT regarding the 12 month term: "BTW does not get paid twice." - I suppose we may have misunderstood. We have asked for clarification.