Orange is rearranging the range of its fixed Internet connections. As a result, customers with a slower subscription will have to pay more starting January 14. Interestingly, the telecom operator is marketing the new formats as “fibre”, while cables are not yet fully fibre.
Until now, Orange has only had one fixed internet subscription, Internet Home, where customers can purchase additional options for faster browsing. From now on, the operator offers four modes with different names: Start Fiber (150 Mbps), Zen Fiber (400 Mbps), Giga Fiber (1 Gbps), and All-In Fiber (1 Gbps + convenience services additional). Existing customers will be transferred automatically.
Initially, prices will remain the same, but there will be changes from January 14. From then on, those with the slowest subscription will have to pay €45 per month instead of €40 for fixed internet in the Love package (with mobile and/or TV subscription) and €49 instead of €46 for fixed internet only.
Anyone who now has faster internet on their Love plan via the optional boost will pay the same amount after January 14. Anyone with a separate 400Mbps or 1Gbps internet subscription will pay €2 less per month, resulting in €59 or €69 per month respectively.
The choice of “fibre” in the marketing is eye-catching, because Orange uses the Telenet network in Flanders. This means that the operator must add a footnote to indicate that the fiber optic technology still has a “coaxial connection.” This means that the last meters of the network, from street cabinets to homes, still consist of “old” coaxial cables.
In the future, Orange will use the full fiber network of Wyre, the joint venture between Telenet and Fluvius. However, this rollout has only just begun.
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