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New UK ISP Lightning Fibre Preps 10Gbps Broadband for East Sussex

Friday, March 22nd, 2019 (1:23 pm) - Score 2,536
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Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of new “full fibre” providers launch and now another one, Lightning Fibre, looks set to join the fray. The ISP appears to be initially targeting the roll-out of their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network toward the Eastbourne area of East Sussex.

The company itself was incorporated over a year ago (here) and its Managing Director is Ben Ferriman, who was previously a Project Manager at Mott MacDonald and prior to that held a similar role at Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure. According to Ben’s Linkedin profile, “I’ve formed a crack multi-disciplined team with a wealth of experience to deliver the outcome of circa 50,000+ properties passed within the next three years.

A related application for Code Powers from Ofcom (i.e. this speeds up deployment by reducing the number of licenses needed for street works) reveals that the ISP may eventually expand into more of East Sussex and possibly the UK in general, although for now they appear to be laser focused upon inner Eastbourne.

One other reason for the pursuit of Code Powers is that it will enable the ISP to make use of existing infrastructure, including sewers and Openreach’s (BT) revised Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) product “wherever possible” (i.e. PIA can be used to reduce their network deployment costs and the disruption associated with civil works).

The ISP’s website lists a number of packages for home and business users. Residential consumers look set to be offered a 1000Mbps package with unlimited usage and an included wireless router for just £40 per month. Apparently this will come alongside a “fixed price24 month contract term, free installation and parental controls. A VoIP (phone) service also appears to be available.

At present though the provider doesn’t appear to have completed any network deployments (their coverage map is currently blank), although they are seeking interest from locals and have pledge to connect “areas of highest registrations of interest first” (i.e. a commercial demand-led deployment). We’ll add them to our database once the first services go live.

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18 Responses
  1. Avatar kaptainkandikat

    eastbourne,

    Its a retirement town. I imagine the takeup will be huge.

  2. Avatar David

    It be great if ISP’s actually started in Portsmouth for us to get 1/10GBPS…. I have no idea why portsmouth is always the last city to get upgraded

    • Avatar Joe

      City of Portsmouth is above average.

    • Avatar alan

      “It be great if ISP’s actually started in Portsmouth for us to get 1/10GBPS”

      Who is “US” i thought you lived in Brighton and travelled to Eastbourne weekly.

      You really need to start remembering your prior troll comments.

  3. Avatar Ixel

    I hope this is a success, Eastbourne is where I live. It may be known as a retirement town but there are plenty of youngsters around who might be interested in 1Gbps symmetrical fiber if this is promoted enough. I’ve currently got FTTPoD on the way, which I’d switch from after a year if it turns out I can get this new service mentioned in this news article. I’d register my interest but I read on the website that I’d have to go into a contractual agreement obligating me to signup if their service eventually comes here whilst I’m in my FTTPoD contract.

    • Avatar JW

      Ixel, there’s no obligation for registering your interest. And if you win 2 years free Gigabit internet you can donate to a local charity if you prefer :), had a look just now can’t see any mention of contractual obligation on the ‘register your interest’ page.

    • Avatar Ixel

      @JW – lightningfibre.co.uk/faq/

      “I’m not in Phase 1, when are you coming to me?”

      Our rollout is demand driven, if you want us to come to you sooner tell us and fill in one of our “register your interest” page and service order forms <<>>. Spread the word, share the form and we’ll get there sooner.

      For those who have filled in a service form, we’ll be in touch to confirm when your then contract comes to an end and also to confirm when your switch on will be.

      Is that incorrect or am I misunderstanding it?

    • Avatar Ixel

      P.S. The bit between the <> was meant to include and highlight: “which is a conditional contract agreeing your intention to join and subscribe to the Lightning Fibre service once we’re there”

    • Avatar JW

      Thanks Ixel, perhaps needs to be clearer (website currently being redesigned/upgraded – I’ll make sure that’s with the guys to amend).

      That conditional contract to take the service is a) just that conditional and b) only applicable to the service order forms and not the registration of interest form. If you have any other questions suggest contacting us via the website – we’re happy to help.

    • Avatar David

      Ixel watch out or Allan will have to complain that its not a retirement town

    • Avatar alan

      What something is or is not known for, does not mean that is all there is to a place.

      Just as i told you from the start “Hardly just a retirement town there are plenty of students in Eastbourne.”

      And just as Ixel stated. “there are plenty of youngsters around who might be interested in 1Gbps”

      You seem to think what a place may be traditionally known for equates to that being all there is to a place. Even more funny you then claim to live near there and travel there weekly.

      You do not even live in the South East of England Mr ADSLMAX. Your just a troll looking for an argument.

  4. Avatar OldGIT

    100,000+ residents in a packed area, about time we have better than FTTC, BT slow as hell to roll out G.FAST and no one until now cares to put FTTP on the table for the town. Hope its a success.

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