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17000 Homes in Hammersmith and Fulham Targeted for 1Gbps Broadband

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 (3:52 pm) - Score 2,549

UK ISP Community Fibre has today announced the signing of a new “master wayleave” agreement, which could see their 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network being extended to cover over 17,000+ properties owned by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

The provider, which targets council managed blocks (apartments etc.) and last year secured £11.3m of private equity investment (here) to help support their long-term aspiration of covering 500,000 homes in London (here), has already reached thousands of homes around Battersea, Wandsworth and Roehampton (c.10,000 premises and rising).

However today’s news will extend their deployment into Hammersmith & Fulham, with the first stage of the rollout taking place around the White City Estate. This expansion is expected to reach over 2,000 homes and will allegedly make it the “largest full fibre connected estate in Hammersmith, and one of the largest in London” (i.e. ahead of Churchill Gardens in Westminster, which is also connected by Community Fibre).

Jeremy Chelot, Chief Executive of Community Fibre, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“We are delighted to be working with Hammersmith & Fulham to bring Gigabit services to properties in the area. Hammersmith and Fulham have made it easy for Community Fibre to bring this expansion to reality, showing how innovative and committed they are to bring the best connectivity to the residents in the borough.

In 2018, Community Fibre plans to bring full-fibre connections to more than 50,000 properties across London (20% in Hammersmith & Fulham) and providing more Londoners with the Internet they deserve.”

Apparently local residents can expect to receive a letter informing them about the works starting in the first part of January 2018. These are expected to be finished in the Spring, with residents able to register their interest and sign-up to services as Community Fibre expands across the area.

Existing packages tend to start at just £20 per month for a 20Mbps (1Mbps upload) service and rise to £50 for a fully symmetric 1000Mbps connection, which includes free installation and unlimited usage. The ISP may also be making use of Openreach’s Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) product in order to help deliver the coverage. No additional line rental payment is required.

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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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7 Responses
  1. CarlT says:

    Even though the demand isn’t that high it’s great to see gigabit becoming more available alongside more affordable options for those that either cannot justify the expense or cannot afford it. Good stuff.

  2. A Builder says:

    Very good to see more large patches of fibre going into the ground and into the home.

    Another nail in the “nobody wants or needs fibre and there is no commercial case for it” argument.

    Positive news all round.

  3. h42422 says:

    Great stuff for those who will benefit.

    After reading this and a couple of similar news from City of London and Southwark, it seems that the best way to secure a fast internet in inner London is to become a social housing tenant instead of a lowly house owner in a non-virgin served area. Few gigabit installations in London seem to be targeting houses.

    Maybe one day this will change.

  4. A_Builder says:

    @ h42422

    Yes but more positively once you have a large patch of fibre building out from it is easier.

    These guys are open to project cases being put to them so if you have a bunch of properties or industrial units to connect up it is worth asking particularly if you can get an end point near a nice big block of flats social or not.

    Obviously if you can get to a nice big block of flats with a proper riser duct and the support of a landlord, so no pesky way-leaves, it is very attractive. Bolt onto that the supportive use of the LA’s ducts which were often historically laid to control traffic lights analogue style but this function is often now handled by either fibre or broadband so there is a lot of space in them now.

    Add all that together and the cost of the getting the fibre into the basement of social can be surprisingly cheap.

  5. Sam Soares says:

    We’re very excited to be extending our network into Hammersmith and Fulham. 2018 is a very exciting year for us as a company and with developments like these, not only can social housing benefit but also all the areas that surround it. Our company is based on the ideal that everyone deserves great internet and this is yet another step to getting Londoners into the gigabit era

  6. FTTP civils supervisor says:

    Not a good example of NRSWA chapter 8. Barriers not interlocking and leading pedestrians into a live road with no pedestrian ramp or protection.

    1. Sam Soares says:

      I’ve investigated this and the road was closed and the picture doesn’t show the whole setup. Well spotted though, we are looking for more peope to join our Operations team, give us a shout if you want to know more on hiring@communityfibre.co.uk

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