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Orange Brings 20Mbit Broadband to All

Gordon Kelly


Orange Brings 20Mbit Broadband to All

I suspect this marks the beginning of a very welcome trend...

Orange has this week announced it will be making 20Mbit DSL connections standard across all its broadband packages with immediate effect. The move comes as part of a price plan refresh.

The result is the Home ‘Starter', ‘Select', ‘Max' and ‘Ultra' packages will now come in at standalone monthly prices of £10, £12, £9.50 and £13.50 (the latter two with £10.50pm Orange land line rental on top). With an Orange pay monthly mobile plan these drop to £7, £9, free for the first three months then £6.50 and £10.50 (ditto, latter two and £10.50 Orange land line rental).

All four packages come with 18 month contracts, bundled wireless routers and ‘unlimited' download allowances subject - as always - to a fair usage policy (I'm chasing the exact figure(s)). That said, given Orange's plan to market the new plans under the slogan ‘No more speeding fines' I'd hope it isn't going to shoot itself in the foot with a stingy figure.

"We're really pleased to be making download speeds of up to 20 Meg available as standard - regardless of the home broadband package a customer chooses," commented Orange director of broadband and home Asif Aziz. "With these faster speeds, built around price plans which really do offer value for money - customers can make the most of the internet and enjoy a faster and more seamless experience when going online."

We're behind Orange on this one, but remember: depending on the distance of your home from the local exchange and the concentration of broadband usage in your area real world speeds may be significantly less than 20Mbit so make sure to run a line test before you sign away the next 18 months...


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October 22, 2009, 8:10 pm

"the fastest speed your line can handle" ... where I live, this would be akin to giving me a Ferrari 430 when all I have are potholed farm roads to drive on!


October 22, 2009, 9:52 pm

20Mbit? I have a 100mbit fibre connection, for 45&#8364/month (I live in Portugal).

How come you guys are still stuck with "ultra fast" 20mbit DSL Internet??


October 22, 2009, 10:20 pm

Orange Broadband. DO NOT F*CKING GO THERE.

Technology changes, and so sho

October 22, 2009, 10:46 pm

Come on guys at TR:

After your scathing comments based on the watchdog report on boradband speeds, you mention nothing of what the DOUBLE asterisk after the 20Mb means.

You're supposed to be informing us, not whipping up hype.


October 22, 2009, 11:27 pm

@Sombrero: We hate you :'(.


October 22, 2009, 11:40 pm

Not exactly the first though are they? I think Sky and BT have already gone 20Mb, with smaller ISPs like Be getting there first...


October 23, 2009, 12:57 am


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October 23, 2009, 4:31 am

** Offer only available to Orange customers in Orange network areas Home Max is £6.50 a month after 3 months plus line rental.

In other words you have to be one of the lucky ones at one of the 944 Orange LLU Enabled exchanges (out of the UK's 5,500 total). So much for your "20Mbit Broadband to All" headline.

The likeliest result is more choice of 20Mb services for those who can already get one and still no access to 20Mb for the rest of us.


October 23, 2009, 7:11 am

@Technology changes, and so should you - don't scaremonger, the entire final paragraph spelt this out.


October 23, 2009, 1:41 pm

I did a line test & can, I am told, get up to 4mb.

I did a speed check & am getting about 1.5mb.

I guess I could improve my speed a bit, but then I watched the Gadget show & see that in Korea broadband is so fast no-one even bothers about the speed. They download complete films in minutes.

We live in the good'ole UK......what do we expect........something modern!

Tony Young

October 23, 2009, 4:06 pm

For my sins, I'm an existing Orange broadband user (it came 'free' with my girlfriend's mobile account). Although we live very near the financial centre of the Universe (Canary Wharf) our line speed currently only averages 3-4mb/s so I was thrilled (well almost) to read your piece. I immediately went to the Orange website and - guess what? - it won't let an existing user check to see if 'superfast broadband' is available! Good old Orange, will they ever change....?

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