Orange is rearranging its range of fixed internet connections. As a result, customers with the least fast subscription will have to pay more from January 14. It is striking that the telecom operator is marketing the new formulas as “fiber”, while the cables are not yet fully fiber.
Until now, Orange only had one fixed internet subscription, Internet Home, where customers could purchase additional options to surf faster. From now on, the operator offers four formulas with different names: Start Fiber (150 Mbps), Zen Fiber (400 Mbps), Giga Fiber (1 Gpbs) and All-In Fiber (1 Gbps + extra comfort services). Existing customers will be transferred automatically.
Initially, the 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 euros per month instead of 40 euros for fixed internet in the Love pack (with mobile subscription and/or TV) and 49 euros instead of 46 euros for fixed internet only.
Anyone who now has faster internet within the Love bundle via the optional boost will pay the same amount after January 14. Anyone who has a separate internet subscription of 400 Mbps or 1 Gbps will pay 2 euros less per month, resulting in 59 euros or 69 euros per month respectively.
The choice of “Fiber” in marketing is striking, because Orange uses Telenet’s network in Flanders. This means that the operator must add a footnote to point out that the fiber optic technology still has a “coaxial connection”. This means that the last meters of the network, from the street cabinets to the houses, still consist of “old” coaxial cables.
In the future, Orange will use the full-fledged fiber optic network of Wyre, the joint venture of Telenet and Fluvius. However, that rollout has only just started.
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