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New UK ISP IX Wireless Plans Faster Broadband for the Poorly Served

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 (11:33 am) - Score 2,547

Lancashire-based ISP IX Wireless Limited has today hinted at their plan to deploy a new fixed wireless broadband network to reach businesses and homes across various parts of Middle and Northern England over the next few years, with Blackburn and Lancashire being first on their list.

At present we know very little about the new provider, which was only incorporated in October 2017 (here) and doesn’t yet appear to have a website (a quick Google search didn’t find one). Despite this the company has just put in a request for Code Powers from Ofcom (here), which among other things claims that they’re currently serving in the region of approximately 20,000 xDSL customers via various access networks.

Alternative network providers often seek Code Powers in order to help simplify and speed-up the planning process, not least because it can help to reduce the number of licenses needed for civil works. In this case IX Wireless states that their “business strategy includes the provision of a national radio access network, which can deliver high-speed broadband and voice services to business and residential users.”

IX Wireless’s Rollout Plan (Ofcom Doc)

The core [IX Wireless] network has three main POPs located in London, Manchester and Burnley which are all interconnected by 10Gb fiber links. The Applicant explains that the London and Manchester POPs are data centers operated by Telehouse and Equinix, and the Burnley site is operated by the group’s own data center, with its fiber links being delivered through third party Tier 1 carriers.

The Applicant intends to grow its network, with a focus on establishing network coverage to facilitate the provision of high-speed connectivity to SME businesses located in areas known to suffer from poor broadband speeds.

It’s initial roll out plan will be focused in areas such as Blackburn, Lancashire, with the view to expansion in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Wolverhampton and Merseyside, with a further target to establish a UK wide network within the next 5 years capable of delivering residential services and flexible business solutions.

Overlooking the fact that Ofcom appears to have switched their spell checker to American English (center and fiber), little else is known about the new ISP but we hope to find out more soon. In the meantime the regulator has recommended applying Code Powers (such applications are rarely ever rejected).

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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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4 Responses
  1. Tom says:

    Could someone please stop the naming ISPs like we name IXPs? Thank you.

  2. New_Londoner says:

    Unusual to see a fixed wireless provider planning to target urban areas given the obvious challenges with buildings etc blocking signal – the low speeds offered by Relish highlight the difficulties.

    If it’s targeting poorly served areas, those stated seem odd choices – eg according to Think Broadband Blackburn has over 98% of premises with access to superfast speeds, Lancashire has over 96% and Manchester has just under 95%.

    1. Ray Woodward says:

      I must admit it does seem a little to strange to me here (30 miles north of Manchester) in East Lancashire (01282) as I get 75 meg down and 19 up 24/7 …

  3. 3G Infinity (now 4G going on 5G) says:

    IX Wireless have today applied for Code Powers via Ofcom – assume that means they are sufficiently funded and ready to deploy.

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