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F&W Networks First FTTP Broadband Network Set for Horsham

Friday, January 17th, 2020 (6:44 am) - Score 1,810

Last year a new full fibre developer called F&W Networks, which is being supported by retail ISP partner Hey!Broadband (H!B), cropped up with an aspiration of deploying a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to over 1 million UK premises by 2024 (here). Now their first roll-out seems destined for Horsham.

Until recently very little was known about F&W’s roll-out plan, except that they intended to target areas that are currently not served and not planned to be served by competitors with FTTP networks. The market town of Horsham in West Sussex now appears to be first on their list, which makes sense since at present the best you can get in the town (part of it) is Openreach’s G.fast network (they also have a little FTTP).

NOTE: Cityfibre’s Dark Fibre network will also be passing through part of the town, albeit initially only for the purpose of connecting public sector sites (here).

Last week F&W’s partner ISP revealed that they’re “getting ready to connect our very first customers in Horsham,” although we’ve struggled to spot related street works activity in the local area. Customers can expect packages that cost from £35 per month for speeds of 250Mbps (50Mbps upload) or £40 for 1000Mbps (symmetrical upload), which comes with unlimited usage, a wireless router, an 18 month contract term and parental controls.

Initially the operator’s usual £150 installation fee will also be free and we note that their customer support will only be available between 9am and 8pm (Monday to Friday) via phone. Otherwise the roll-out is expected to cover 5,000 premises around the town’s centre.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar Dave Grainger

    I’m a Horsham resident, i’ve seen no activity in the town from F&W, but will keep you posted if I do see any.

  2. Avatar Sam R

    Hi Mark,
    Any ideas if there is an express of interest list potential customers could register with ?

    • Avatar Nana Yazaki

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your interest in Hey!Broadband. Please call us on 0808 168 1616 and I would be happy to assist you.

  3. Avatar Meadmodj

    All good and very welcome. Unlike Crawley nearby there is no VM and although there is a lot of new builds with OR FTTP being installed the existing estates of Horsham were destined to be on FTTC (and ADSL) for a considerable time. OR will of course eventually build FTTP inwards but this is an excellent opportunity for an Altnet to establish themselves and up the available speeds.

  4. Avatar FibreBubble

    Looks like FW , Hey Broadband and Maestro Capital are all the same shebang.

    Like most of the speculative players, if they get the funding they will be using BT’s duct and pole assets so you won’t see much on roadworks listing sites.

  5. Avatar Dave Grainger

    Is this going to just be the main town of Horsham or will it include Broadbridge Heath, Southwater etc

  6. Avatar Nick

    Will they be providing a static IP (or better, a number of IPs) with this service?

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