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Community Fibre Build FTTP Broadband to 100,000 UK Premises

Thursday, January 16th, 2020 (10:49 am) - Score 1,771

London-focused UK ISP Community Fibre has today confirmed that the roll-out of their Gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network has now reached their first target of 100,000 premises. On top of that they have plans in place that should see this grow to 370,000 homes via 40 of London’s largest landlords.

At present their “full fibre” network mostly consists of large apartment and social housing blocks (MDUs), as well as some business properties, although they are testing the possibility of connecting up individual houses (SDUs) in the future. Most of their current buildings are located across 16 of London’s 33 boroughs (named below), with 84% of these premises made up of social housing properties.

Community Fibre offers some of the fastest broadband connectivity in the Greater London area with speeds of up to 1Gbps. In addition to the homes passed, the provider can also offer 40,000 London businesses even faster broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Otherwise the provider’s medium-term aim is to cover more than 500,000 premises by the end of 2022 (we think some of this may be built outside of London), which is being fuelled by an investment pot of around £90m from private investors and Government backed schemes.

Graeme Oxby, CEO of Community Fibre, said:

“We are tremendously proud to be bringing in the New Year having enabled 100,000 households, the majority of which are social housing properties. These homes are just some of the victims of the national digital divide.

Several of London’s largest landlords now have more than a third of their properties connected to full-fibre internet speeds and with Community Fibre, London’s landlords can now, at no cost to themselves, increase this figure whilst supporting the UK’s broadband ambition to reach its target of bringing fast, reliable and secure broadband to the UK as soon as possible.

Our mission is to bring faster and cheaper broadband to Londoners and especially to those that would benefit the most from it, by working with councils, housing associations and private landlords. We passionately believe in engaging with the local community; we actively look to recruit locally, we offer residents digital skills training and provide free wifi broadband in local community centres to have a positive social impact.”

The provider added that over 70% of the social housing premises in the Borough of Wandsworth are now enabled for their service. The Borough of Southwark closely follows, with 57% of council-owned properties passed. Packages on their network tend to start at just £20 per month for a symmetrical speed 50Mbps service with unlimited usage and a free router, which rises to just £50 for their top 920Mbps tier (average peak time speed).

Boroughs where premises and businesses are enabled with Community Fibre’s network, to date: Brent, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar Stephen long

    I live in Cinderford in the Forest of Dean Gloucestershire, im currently only able too get 60meg max even though im on an 80meg pack, but thats that what i want to discuss. I would just like to know if there’s any plans ongoing for the Forest of Dean for way faster broadband than im cureently getting? If so could someone let me know some details so i could look into a bit myself. Thanks for your time.

    • Avatar Danny

      Your comment makes me cry. I have a typical sized family in an area of thousands of similar residents and I have 11Mb download and 0.4 upload 2.2km from the nearest exchange. According to Ofcom my speeds are sufficient yet it took me 8 seconds to fully load this webpage.

    • Avatar Tim Procter

      My heart bleeds for you. I am to this day still only getting 1Mb down and less than 1/2 Mb upload.

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      Take a look at Fastershire.com – they are the BDUK body responsible for organizing superfast broadband for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
      However, as you already have superfast broadband – and under 84% of properties in the Forest of Dean do – they are unlikely to have any plans to improve your broadband.
      Their current “plans” run to end of Q1 2023 – so some of us won’t get anything better than ADSL2+ until then.

    • Did this comment get posted on the wrong news item? The article is talking about a commercial FTTP provider in London.

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      I suspect the OP’s post was simply prompted by another report of ultrafast/gigabit broadband – there aren’t many Forest of Dean news items to comment on (3 in 2019) as the build is progressing at a slow snail’s pace. Even the new plan that was due by the end of Jan 2019 still isn’t in place…

  2. Avatar Danny.C

    If I’m honest BT seem to be rolling out FTTP without telling people my grandparents are able to get FTTP and they got no information telling them it was available and this is in Wakefield in West Yorkshire which never gets announced on any roll outs from any company.

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