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Friday, December 14th, 2018 (5:55 pm) - Score 3,796
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New operator British Fibre Networks, which aspires to create an open access and 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network to serve over 35% of UK new build homes by 2020, has announced that they’ve so far signed up 24,000 new homes via 50 housing developers.

The operator began its first deployment at an apartment block in North Wales for LW Group back in August 2018 (here) and at that time they’d managed to sign up 2,000 homes for a future roll-out. The next batch of locations to benefit will be in the North West of England (e.g. Cheshire and Liverpool), although no site names were revealed and we don’t know how many premises have already been completed.

Elsewhere BFN said they’d appointed “fibre expertJim McBride to be their Technical and Process Director. Jim will be responsible for ensuring that all BFN equipment is above specifications, and will reach connectivity on relevant networks. He also previously worked with BFN CEO Elfed Thomas at the defunct i3 Group.

Also joining the BFN team is new Commercial Director Liam Doorey, a consumer electronics specialist with over 20 years of experience in branding, product development, marketing and sales. He was previously Head of Product Marketing at Philex Electronic Ltd.

Jim commented:

“When we first created i3 Group, we were well ahead of the market – and now we have the opportunity to go even further as the market changes rapidly, and the methods and tools used evolve. We understand the challenges of working with pure fibre and the incredible benefits we can bring to communities, especially in how we can help less urban areas achieve connectivity when they have previously been neglected.”

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11 Responses
  1. Meadmodj

    Well thought out developer process and nice to see a commitment to facilitate a wide range of ISPs.

    Developers generally are starting to remove “BT point fitted” from their brochures but they are not providing any detail regarding the proposed broadband access point (ONT), any design consideration of the positioning of equipment or WIFI coverage in the new house. Not an issue for providers like BFN but in my view something the developer should take more interest in.

    I appreciate flood wiring of every house would be far too costly and may never be used due to the enhanced WIFI products now available but at least the position of the ISP’s WIFI router, Cat6 cabling to a Study (or small bedroom that may function as one) and a cable to the loft should be considered. If the new owner is in the process earlier enough (choosing wall lights, kitchen cabinets, bathroom tiles etc) comms should be on the list.

    New developments include very dense housing and a little thought may minimise the WIFI interference and assist the new owners having issues from the start.

  2. Rob

    Wonder if all these providers are cabling and terminating to the same standards?

  3. Fastman

    easy to say a wide range of ISp’s but will they be anyone you have heard of

    its easy to say its much more difficult to actually do in practice

    • gerarda

      Well one choice they won’t be able to have is BT’s own Plusnet as they have stopped providing FTTP

    • Meadmodj

      OFNL only have deals with a few ISPs currently but BNF are including the logos of leading ISPs which at least indicates that they are prepared to offer a wholesale product process if they wish to take it up. I’d prefer that than being locked into TalkTalk or Vodafone or VM geographical monopoly. Yes in practice it may prove difficult (Kcom) we will see.

  4. Fastman

    gerada only a fraction of about 600 Communication provides that Openreach support offer FTTP so not what your point is what exactly

    • gerarda

      That there is no point you implying that the ISP choice is more restricted because they aren’t on BT/Openreachs network when one of the biggest ISP’s and a BT subsidiary isnt offering it on that network

  5. Fastman

    gerada semantics that’s a commercial choice for plusnet wehther it consumes FTTP or Not ame way its a commercial choice for sky or talktalk or any one else to consume FTTP — your obsession about plusnet as a bt sudsidary and not consuming I find somewhat rather amusing !!!

    Plusnet is a CP in the same way as Talk talk or Sky are — everything else is irrelevant

    gerada there is choice – its up to the CP to consume more will as the market evolves (same as FTTC has done over the last 5 – 8 years)

    my comment was will there any be choice and will you have you have any knowledge of them no that CP A does or does not consume

  6. Fastman

    think your mistaken badly — again not sure why you refer back to BT again ? –

    we will see what actually they deliver and what choice the consumer actually get as lots of talk around lots of stuff that never goes anywhere . im sure ISP review will cover whatever the outcome is accordingly

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