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TrueSpeed Begin FTTP Fibre Optic Dig to North East Somerset Villages

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 (7:59 am) - Score 1,271

The diggers have finally come out after TrueSpeed Communications confirmed that they had started the build of their new symmetric 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, which will initially connect the rural village of Priston in North East Somerset (England).

Last month TrueSpeed’s Director of Community Engagement, Kevin Rudman, confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that their first “customer connections [are] expected to go live during April” and once that stage is completed then the provider will consider further expansion into the Chew Valley area and possibly even reaching parts of rural Wiltshire.

The village of Priston is currently home to around 230 people (80+ homes and businesses) and resides roughly 4 miles south west of Bath, which is where the new network starts. At present most of the local properties are said to have already signed-up to take the service when it arrives (i.e. it’s a demand led network that will go where there is the most interest).

ISPreview.co.uk understands that TrueSpeed are already making plans to connect communities such as Chew Stoke and Bishop Sutton, which could happen as soon as this summer.

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It’s interesting to note that some of their target coverage area can already access an upgraded broadband connection using BTOpenreach’s Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC VDSL2) network.

However a quick check of central Priston shows that those ordering an FTTC service would have to suffer slow speeds of around 6-10Mbps, which while better than local ADSL performance (0.5-3.5Mbps) is still pretty poor by modern standards and definitely not up to the Government’s definition of “superfast” (24Mbps+).

By comparison local TrueSpeed homes will soon be able to take packages that start at 100Mbps (symmetrical) for £47.50 per month (includes a phone service) and a home based business product offering that runs at 150Mbps, although faster speeds are possible (the network is 10Gbps capable). But some of the details remain unclear; such where the funding is coming from.

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Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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9 Responses
  1. Avatar TheFacts

    Truespeed Ltd has one Director – Dr Josef Lawrence Paul Karthauser – appointed 4 Jan 2016.

    Truespeed Communications Ltd has 5 Directors, including Josef.

  2. Avatar chris phillips

    £47.50 per month for 100/100Mb symmetrical data and voice vs £30 for VM’s 70/5Mb asymmetrical voice and data.

    I’d appreciate the increased upload speed, not fussed about an extra 30Mb down though.

    so who would spend an extra £17.5 per month?

    • You’re comparing the prices of a big national provider, in an area with more competition between “superfast” ISPs, with an alternative network provider that has rolled-out specifically to cater for a small rural community, where there’s less competition and currently only very slow speeds available.

      Since most homes have agreed to take the service then that would seem to answer your question.

    • Avatar Craski

      I’d happily pay £47.50 / month for a pure fibre optic symmetrical 100Mb service and happily pay a premium over a hybrid fibre/copper in order to guarantee that I will receive what I am paying for.

      While this may seem expensive to some paying rock bottom domestic BB prices, as a comparison at the other end of the scale, I’ve recently had a quote from Zen to install a 10Mb /10Mb leased line to a business premises in an industrial estate which gets 8Mb/0.5Mb ADSL and the charge on the leased line is £517.57 per month ex vat!

    • Avatar mrpops2ko

      I would gladly pay it too. Not only for the increased speed but also the incredibly low latency.

    • Avatar Mike

      “…£30 for VM’s 70/5Mb”

      I can find no such product from VM

  3. Avatar tim

    Yeah I’d pay more for an altnet to provide 100/100Mbps if I could afford to live in a rural area 😉

  4. Avatar Andrew

    1.7 meg here. I’d pay 50 quid in a heartbeat.

  5. Avatar Harry

    Less than 1mbps here. I’d pay double that!

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