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Summary of UK Full Fibre Build Progress Across Broadband ISPs UPDATE22

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 (12:01 am) - Score 38,761
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The list also focuses on those operators that are building FTTP to homes, as well as SME businesses. Sadly business-only (B2B) fibre builds are more bespoke and tend to reflect the more expensive market for private leased lines, which is of little interest to most of our readership and will not be covered below.

One final point to make concerns consolidation. The current market is peppered with lots of smaller players and most have some very grand ambitions for growth, although they can’t all succeed. In the future we’d expect to see a fair bit of consolidation between the more established players, not least because once built FTTP can be quite a potent asset, especially if it has no local rivals (e.g. Cityfibre has acquired FibreNation from TalkTalk).

NOTE: Sadly some providers haven’t publicly stated their build targets and don’t keep us informed about progress (we’d ask operators to help fill in any blanks below). Build stats below are only for FTTP and none of the plans have yet had a chance to adjust for the COVID-19 crisis in 2020.

The 4th Utility
Ambition: Aiming for 300,000 UK premises (new build homes) by autumn 2023 (here) – initial roll-out plan for 10,000 by end of 2020.
Current Coverage: c.2,500 premises passed.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 1,800 premises (Aug 2020)
Investment: £25m from DIF Capital Partners.
Note: Partnered with Sky (SKY Q will be offered to all customers), as well as FullComms and various property developers.

AtoB Networks
Ambition: Unknown but limited deployments in several villages west of Exeter (Devon).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Micro ISP run by John Watkins.

Axione UK
Ambition: Unknown UK roll-out of a new Gigabit fibre network.
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: At present they’ve only been solidly linked to a project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland (here).

Ambition: Aiming to add 50,000 extra premises in England and Wales by 2021 (most expected to be FTTP).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £16m investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund and £25m in existing contractual BDUK subsidies (here).
Note: Most of their 20,000 current premises passed are via fixed wireless, but Airband is switching more to FTTP for future builds.

Ambition: Deploying FTTP in some rural parts of Northumberland, Durham and possibly Shropshire (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Started as a fixed wireless ISP but now branching out into full fibre.

Broadway Partners (Broadway Broadband)
Ambition: Aims to cover 500,000 rural UK premises by the end of 2022 (here), starting in Wales and Scotland.
Current Coverage: sub-100 premises passed
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Until recently they most deployed fixed wireless networks, but are now planning a lot more FTTP.

Ambition: Target of 30,000 properties in their current rural England build plan by mid-2021, possibly rising to 40,000 by March 2022 (with 20,000 customers) and then 70,000 by 2025/26 (here).
Current Coverage: 7,235 homes connected (live customers).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 150 – 250
Investment: £7m in shares, £3.3m from a Triodos Bond, £1.6m in community investor loans and £2.3m worth of gigabit broadband vouchers (GBVS and RGC).
Note: Adopts a volunteer build and funding arrangement (volunteers paid in shares) via a community interest company model.

Ambition: Building unknown amounts of FTTP in Bedfordshire, Essex and Kent (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Details on the FTTP side of their network build are vague.

Box Broadband
Ambition: 10,000 premises passed by end of 2020 in England (Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire), rising to c.160,000 premises by 2023 and 200,000 thereafter (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about their funding and current premises passed level.

Balquhidder Community Broadband
Ambition: 195 premises in Balquhidder, Scotland (here).
Current Coverage: 146 connected
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a (small build is largely complete)
Investment: £430,000
Note: Impressive community build project for a remote rural area.

Broadreach Networks
Ambition: General FTTP deployment into small UK towns (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: ?
Note: The CEO is an industry veteran from Hyperoptic, O2 and BE Unlimited.

Cambridge Fibre
Ambition: 1,400 homes in Cambridgeshire (here).
Current Coverage: 2,170 homes and businesses (May 2020)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about their progress or targets.

Cityfibre (Vodafone, FibreNation, TalkTalk)
Ambition: 1 million UK premises by the end of 2021 and almost 8 million premises passed by 2025 or later (here).
Current Coverage: 200,000 premises for Cityfibre and 85,000 for FibreNation (April 2020) – 285,000.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 25,000 (Jan 2020) – Aiming to peak at 120,000 (ETA unknown).
Investment: Project value for 8 million premises is £4bn (roughly equates to £500 per premises passed).
Note: The primary partner ISP for residential customers is Vodafone, but TalkTalk has also joined (here) and Sky Broadband may follow.

Connect Fibre (Fibre Assets Ltd.)
Ambition: Focused on FTTP builds in Cambridgeshire (here) and helping connect a 5G trial.
Current Coverage: c.100+ premises passed in the Cambridgeshire village of Reach.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about their progress or targets.

Community Fibre
Ambition: Aims to cover 1 million premises by the end of 2023 (mostly in London) – here.
Current Coverage: 100,000 premises passed.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.8,000 premises
Investment: Some £90m from private investors and Government backed schemes (here), plus £400m via Warburg Pincus and DTCP.
Note: At present they’ve mostly been connecting social housing / MDUs in London, but they intend to branch out into other areas.

County Broadband
Ambition: 20,000 premises by the end of 2020, focus on Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire (here and here).
Current Coverage: 15,000 premises passed expected by end of Q2 2020.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £46m from Aviva Investors (here).
Note: Focusing on rural communities. Seems to be making good early build progress.

Ambition: Deploying across parts of Shropshire (Telford), then West Midlands and Gloucestershire (here) – expected to reach almost 6,000 premises by end of 2021 (here).
Current Coverage: c.500 premises passed (Sept 2020)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.100 but rising to c.400-800 in late 2021
Investment: ?
Note: Seems to be focusing upon urban areas like Telford, Wolverhampton, Cheltenham and surrounding communities.

Ambition: Building in rural parts of Buckinghamshire (here).
Current Coverage: 500+ premises
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.50 premises per month, expected to ramp up to 100 before end of 2020.
Investment: Privately funded by the owner, Chris Wilkie, and the Gigabit Voucher scheme but actively speaking potential investors.
Note: Ecom is concentrating on areas within 10 miles of Creslow Park (www.creslowpark.com) where their HQ is located. Plans to reach 2,500 premises coverage before end of 2021.

Electronic Media Services
Ambition: Thousands of FTTP premises in the Whitehill & Bordon regeneration project in Hampshire (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about EMS.

FACTCO (Ecodial)
Ambition: Aiming to deploy FTTP across rural parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Previously deployed to businesses in York, Merseyside, Newcastle and Northumberland but now starting to target homes.

Full Fibre Limited
Ambition: 5,600 premises in Herefordshire, as well as plans for rural and suburban parts of Devon, Surrey, Somerset, Gloucestershire (here).
Current Coverage: Mostly Leominster.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Can buy services via ISP partners like I Need Fibre. Otherwise info. on their roll-out plan and investment is very limited.

Fidelity Broadband
Ambition: 30,000 premises by 2023 and then 250,000 by 2025, starting in under-served towns and rural areas (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a
Investment: ?
Note: Further details expected in early 2020 when the roll-out is due to start. Phase One focus on West and East Sussex.

Fibrus (B4B Networks)
Ambition: 15,000 premises in Northern Ireland by mid-2020 (here), but ambition for 145,000 by around 2024.
Current Coverage: Hundreds of premises.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £85m+ (mostly from Infracapital, which now owns the company – here).
Note: Rollout started in County Down.

FibreNest (Persimmon Homes)
Ambition: Deploying at new build home developments for Persimmon Homes.
Current Coverage: c.1,000 homes connected (live) – overall coverage unknown.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A closed network FTTH ISP owned by Persimmon Homes (here).

Fibre Options (Pure Fibre, Optifi)
Ambition: FTTP deployed to Greenwich Peninsula in London but bigger plans in the works (here).
Current Coverage: Details unclear
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Not a lot of information about their existing or planned build, but Fibre Options has been in the market for a long time.

F&W Networks
Ambition: Aiming for 1 million UK FTTP premises by 2024 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 5,000 premises in Horsham – Aug 2020 (c.15,000 phase two target).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Supported by Maestro Capital.
Note: F&W stands for Fibre and Wireless(they deploy fixed wireless in areas where FTTP isn’t viable). Supported by ISP Hey!Broadband.

Ambition: 120,000 premises across central London (here).
Current Coverage: 75,000 premises passed (Jan 2020).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 10,000 premises+.
Investment: £65m – mostly via Cube Infrastructure Managers (Cube IM).
Note: An ISP that is quietly building FTTP at a faster pace than most.

Ambition: 500,000 premises in rural areas (mostly England) by the end of 2025 2023 (here).
Current Coverage: c.129,000 premises passed (April 2020).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.3,000
Investment: c.£270m (Infracapital acquisition), excluding public funding. Plus a new £525m funding deal in 2020 (here).
Note: Suffered a lot of build delays in 2018-2019, resulting in a slower than expected roll-out (doing FTTP in rural areas isn’t easy).

Grain (Grain Connect)
Ambition: Rollout focused on new build homes and large apartment blocks in England. Home in Carlisle (Cumbria) are also getting FTTP.
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £10m in additional equity finance from Albion Capital (Albion Real Assets Fund). Works alongside Solway Communications.
Note: Not much known about their targets but more here, here and here.

Glide (WarwickNet)
Ambition: 200,000 UK premises passed by the end of 2020.
Current Coverage: 100,000 premises passed with full fibre (student and built-to-rent accommodation, shared HMO living and businesses).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about Glide’s residential build or their FTTP specific build targets, but they’re a well established business ISP (here and here).

Herefordshire Community Network
Ambition: Deployment to rural Herefordshire villages (here).
Current Coverage: Dewsall Court and Callow.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a
Investment: £55,000.
Note: The small FTTH build has now completed and doesn’t appear to have future expansion plans.

Ambition: Aiming for 2 million UK FTTB/FTTP premises by the end of 2021, then an aspiration for 5 million by 2024 (here).
Current Coverage: 400,000 – 500,000 premises passed.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: c.£500m – mostly via global investment firm KKR.
Note: Tends to focus on large urban apartment and office blocks (MDUs) in cities.

i4 Technology Group (British Fibre Networks, Pure Fibre Housing, Pure Fibre Zone)
Ambition: Aspires to serve over 35% of UK new build homes by the end of 2020 (here), which seems unlikely.
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Focuses on connecting new build homes but not much known about actual progress.

ITS (ITS Technology Group)
Ambition: 200,000 premises in England (timetable unknown)
Current Coverage: 70,000 premises passed (mostly businesses)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £45m investment from Aviva Investors in January 2020 (here).
Note: The figure of 70,000 above reflects coverage under both their fibre and hybrid (fibre and fixed wireless) networks.

Ambition: 12,000 rural and sub-urban premises in Lincolnshire and Staffordshire by the end of 2020 (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Initial roll-out to the North Lincolnshire villages of Barrow on Humber and Goxhil, then Sugnall in Staffordshire.

InTouch Systems (Redshelf, ITSwisp and WiSpire)
Ambition: Looking to deploy into rural premises around the East of England, such as Norfolk where they have a small FTTP patch (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: No solid details yet but InTouch Systems is usually more of a Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) ISP.

Jurassic Fibre (Fern Trading)
Ambition: 350,000 premises across Dorset, Devon and Somerset (mostly rural) by 2025 (here).
Current Coverage: Phase One roll-out just started (along the A376 corridor to Exmouth).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: c.£250m via Fern Trading.
Note: Too early to know how fast they’re building but looks to be a serious project.

Ambition: Estimated c.250,000 to 300,000 FTTP premises across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (here and here).
Current Coverage: 200,000 premises passed (mostly Hull and surrounding areas).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 1,000 premises (based on current 10,000 target for 2020)
Investment: £85m+ spent, with £100m committed for future expansion.
Note: Backed by new owner Macquarie Infrastructure (MIRA / MEIF 6 Fibre).

Lothian Broadband Networks
Ambition: Hundreds of rural premises around East and Mid Lothian in Scotland (here).
Current Coverage: Village of Gifford.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A small but well established and growing FTTP ISP.

LonsdaleNET (Lonsdale Network Services)
Ambition: Extending FTTP into the rural Eden District of Cumbria – villages and towns (here).
Current Coverage: Villages of Melkinthorpe and Gamblesby.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A small but well established ISP that is now growing their FTTP network.

Lightning Fibre
Ambition: Aiming for 100,000+ properties passed (here and here), focus on East Sussex.
Current Coverage: Roll-out started in Eastbourne at end of 2019.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Undisclosed funding level from Foresight.
Note: The town of Hastings is also on their initial plan, which originally aimed for 50,000 premises by the end of 2023.

My Fibre Limited
Ambition: Plans to deploy a rural FTTH network in Wales (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: No information whatsoever on their actual progress or build plan. Not even a working website.

M12 Solutions (Giganet)
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP into small towns and rural communities in Southern England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: M12 are a well established ISP, but they don’t currently have a real FTTP network of their own.

MS3 (connectHull)
Ambition: Aiming to roll-out FTTP to 21,000 premises (13%) in Hull (East Yorkshire) by June 2021 (here).
Current Coverage: c.2% of Premises in Hull
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Limited Dark Fibre and FTTP deployment in Hull.

Michaelston y Fedw CIC
Ambition: Built a rural FTTH network across the rural Wales village of Michaelston y Fedw (here).
Current Coverage: 280 premises passed (250 connected).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a (build completed)
Investment: £150,000 raised from local residents. Welsh and Gigabit broadband vouchers also used.
Note: Made use of government voucher schemes and adopted a community interest company model, with volunteers helping to build.

Netomnia Limited (YouFibre)
Ambition: Targets 1 million premises by 2022, then 3 million by 2025 and focusing on suburban areas where FTTP has yet to be built (here) and (here).
Current Coverage: None.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A big target for a company that nobody has heard of before. The YouFibre site shows they’re deploying around Peterlee in County Durham (Netomnia are doing the build).

Openreach (BT)
Ambition: Target of 4 million premises by March 2021, then ambition for 15 million by around 2025.
Current Coverage: 2.16 million premises passed (Jan 2020 – here).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 120,000 premises (c.26,000 per week, rising to 30,000 per week this year).
Investment: Estimated £5.25bn to reach 15 million.
Note: No explanation needed, used by hundreds of UK ISPs and heavily regulated by Ofcom.

Open Fibre Networks Ltd. (GTC / Brookfield Utilities UK Group)
Ambition: ?
Current Coverage: 40,000+ premised passed (here).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Concentrates on serving new build home developments. Supported by ISPs including Sky Broadband, Seethelight, VFast, Direct Save Telecom, Love Your Broadband and Pure Broadband etc.

Orbital Net (Vfast)
Ambition: Seeking to build FTTP, possibly around poorly served parts of Kent, East Sussex, Devon and Essex (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Orbital Net is better known for their fixed wireless broadband in Kent, but they now look to be planning their own FTTP.

Optify (PCCW Global)
Ambition: Looking to build an unspecified amount in Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, London, Leeds and Liverpool etc.
Current Coverage: 200 “sites” (e.g. apartment buildings).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Serves students, military and residential apartment blocks (MDUs) across major UK cities and towns (here).

Dyfed IT (Pembs Wifi)
Ambition: Building FTTP to several rural villages in north Pembrokeshire, Wales (here).
Current Coverage: Villages of Castlemorris and Penfeidr.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Limited build and next village is Mathry. Pembs Wifi was acquired by Dyfed IT (Dyfed Superfast) in August 2020 (here).

People’s Fibre
Ambition: Unclear but first deployment will be in North Wales (here), albeit not Deeside as planned (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: New provider that claims to be preparing its first FTTP build.

Pine Media
Ambition: Aiming for 31,000 premises by end of 2020 and 50,000 soon after, with a focus on South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Kent (here and here).
Current Coverage: 11,000 premises passed in Sheffield (Nov 2019)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 670 premises.
Investment: Potentially £2.7m via Government gigabit vouchers.
Note: ?

Quantum Air Fibre
Ambition: Target of 120,000 homes in Lincolnshire by Q1 2022 (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Recently acquired engineering firm QConex (formerly KConex) to build FTTP. Previously ran fixed wireless networks in rural villages.

Quickline (Big blue broadband)
Ambition: Expected to build a little FTTP around parts of West Yorkshire and York by the end of 2022 (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £9.11m for full fibre and fixed wireless broadband in West Yorkshire and York.
Note: Usually does Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), but now moving slowly into full fibre.

Rural Technologies Wales (Hen Beudy Services / Beacons Telecom)
Ambition: Build to rural parts of Wales and then the western (border) counties of England (here and here).
Current Coverage: 1,000 customer connections by end of 2020 (currently under 100 – Aug 2020)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Likely to start their FTTP build in the Brecon Beacons area, but also moving across parts of Gwent, Monmouthshire and Powys.

Simply Fibre
Ambition: General plans for FTTP deployment (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: ?
Note: Little is known about this operator and its plans.

Swish Fibre (Fern Trading)
Ambition: Aiming for 250,000 premises – starting with 50,000 in Buckinghamshire (here).
Current Coverage: Build began Q1 2020.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £250m via Fern Trading (they also back Jurassic Fibre above).
Note: A fairly new ISP but with strong financial backing and management. Deploying across the “Home Counties” of England (i.e. mostly counties just outside of London).

Spectrum Internet
Ambition: 150,000 premises across South Wales by 2025 (here).
Current Coverage: Some of its own FTTP in small parts of Wales and South West England.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: TBA
Note: Mostly Openreach based but has its own FTTP network too, such as in parts of the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Bristol. Plans to build much more of its own fibre.

Sussex Fibre
Ambition: Aiming for 13,000+ premises by mid-2021 and then 250,000 premises by the end of 2025.
Current Coverage: None – build starting “early 2020” in East Grinstead.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: No solid information about this one, but they have big plans and yet at present only a very basic website.

Ambition: Unclear but focused on rural parts of Norfolk and Suffolk (here).
Current Coverage: Villages of Pedham and Hemblington.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Largely funded by government gigabit voucher schemes.
Note: Future roll-out plans and investment have not been announced.

Telcom (Velocity Fibre and Black Fibre)
Ambition: Extend FTTP for big urban apartment (MDU) and office blocks in North West of England (here).
Current Coverage: Parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and London.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: General expansion plans, but no solid targets, time-scale or investment have been revealed.

Ambition: Aiming for 75,000 premises in rural South West England by 2021, then aspiration for 200,000 by 2025.
Current Coverage: Mostly around the Chew Valley area in Somerset.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £75m from Aviva Investors (here).
Note: Exact roll-out plan is unclear but the city of Wells (7,000 premises) is on their list for 2020 (here). Demand-led operator.

Trooli (Call Flow Solutions)
Ambition: Aims to cover 500,000 premises across the South East of England by end of 2024 (here).
Current Coverage: 36,000 premises passed (mostly in Kent, Hampshire and East Sussex).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 3,000+ premises (Sept 2020).
Investment: c.£27m (€30m) of funding from European investors (here) and £5m from NatWest (here).
Note: Trooli itself may be a new entrant but they have lots of experience via Call Flow and a serious roll-out plan.

Ambition: Aiming to cover 100,000 premises by the end of 2021 and 1 million premises in the future (here).
Current Coverage: Southampton (Hampshire).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £75m from Amber Infrastructure (here).
Note: Strong management and financial backing, but little known about their roll-out pace or future plans.

Ambition: Possibly aspiring for 900,000 homes across the UK countryside in the future (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £9m from BOOST&Co and £10m from Macquarie Capital with the potential to invest up to £30m.
Note: FTTH is a new focus for Voneus, which has previously been a fixed wireless provider. Limited details.

Vision Fibre Media
Ambition: Focuses on new build home developments and big apartment blocks (MDU).
Current Coverage: Parts of London.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Very little known about their future FTTP plans and coverage.

Virgin Media (Liberty Global)
Ambition: Aiming to add 3-4 million extra UK premises – 2 million via FTTP – within the next couple of years (here).
Current Coverage: 15.7 million premises passed (only c.500,000 FTTP)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 41,000 premises.
Investment: £3bn since 2015.
Note: The Project Lightning build has been on-going since 2015/16 but is now mostly FTTP, while earlier stages were Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC).

Ambition: Aspiration for 250,000 UK FTTP premises by 2022, starting in London (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Mostly business focused but potentially branching out to homes. Very little known about their plans.

VXFIBRE (LilaConnect , Prime Fibre)
Ambition: Aiming to deploy FTTP across Stoke-on-Trent – c.100,000+ premises – by Spring 2021 (here). Colchester and Bristol also in sight (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £19.2m – part government funded (Stoke-on-Trent) and £10m Colchester.
Note: ISP partners for this network are Air Broadband, Bridge Fibre, Pure Broadband and Vonage. Focus on the Midlands and North of England. Also works under the name Prime Fibre on a limited roll-out in London (partnership with Grosvenor).

Westnetworks (WestWiFi)
Ambition: Aiming to build FTTP to rural homes and businesses in parts of Somerset (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: The provider has previously built Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband networks but is now moving in to FTTP.

Wessex Internet
Ambition: Generally deploying FTTP across rural parts of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire (here).
Current Coverage: c.1,000 premises passed.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Starting to build more FTTP after initially focusing on fixed wireless. Exact coverage and future aims are unknown.

Ambition: Aiming for 80% of premises passed on the Isle of Wight by the end of 2022, then 96% (71,000) by the end of 2025 (here).
Current Coverage: 20,000 homes passed (May 2020).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 2-3,000 homes per month.
Investment: £35m via Infracapital and £50m from NatWest Bank (total £85m).
Note: Currently entering the peak phase of their build.

Ambition: Planning to build FTTP to urban and rural parts of Cornwall (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: £1.15m from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund.
Note: Mostly builds fixed wireless networks, but now looking to move into full fibre.

Wildcard Networks (Wildcard UK Limited)
Ambition: Generally building FTTP to business sites and /or big apartment blocks around Tyne and Wear (MDU).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Limited roll-out (here) and little is known about their aims or future plans, but residential connectivity has been mentioned. Currently building to The Watermark development in Gateshead.

Ambition: Unknown UK deployment of FTTP (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: No solid information on their investment or plans, yet.

Ambition: Aiming for 1 million homes across 85 UK towns with 2Gbps FTTP by the end of 2025 (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 5,000 premises passed in Henley-on-Thames (Oxfordshire).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.1,000 premises
Investment: £1m from CEO and £100m from Oaktree Capital Management.
Note: Focusing on towns, with future deployments potentially in Hastings, Amersham, Weymouth and Huntingdon.

Take note that some of the aforementioned networks also have several ISPs via wholesale. For example, Air Broadband also works with OFNL, FullFibre, Prime Fibre, LilaConnect and Gigaclear.

UPDATE 14th May 2020

Added some updated stats for Cambridge Fibre and Cityfibre.

UPDATE 21st May 2020

Updated details for WightFibre and Broadway Partners.

UPDATE 22nd May 2020

Added M12 Solutions and InTouch Systems.

UPDATE 26th May 2020

A little extra detail for Exascale.

UPDATE 4th June 2020

Updated progress for Trooli.

UPDATE 19th June 2020

Added Orbital Net (Vfast).

UPDATE 2nd July 2020

Added latest data from B4RN.

UPDATE 16th July 2020

Added MS3.

UPDATE 30th July 2020

Community Fibre update on progress.

UPDATE 5th August 2020

Updated Pine Media’s target.

UPDATE 8th August 2020

Updated details for Beacons Telecom / Hen Beudy Services.

UPDATE 11th August 2020

Pembs Wifi has been acquired by Dyfed IT.

UPDATE 19th August 2020

Updated details for the 4th Utility.

UPDATE 24th August 2020

Added Westnetworks and FACTCO to the list. Updated details for Grain.

UPDATE 30th August 2020

Updated details for ecom.

UPDATE 3rd September 2020

Added Yesfibre and updated Gigaclear.

UPDATE 7th September 2020

Updated Trooli.

UPDATE 8th September 2020

Added Quickline.

UPDATE 18th September 2020

Updated Exascale.

UPDATE 28th September 2020

Updated Zzoomm.

UPDATE 5th October 2020

Updated Lightning Fibre and added Quantum Air Fibre.

UPDATE 12th October 2020

Added Broadreach Networks and Wildanet.

UPDATE 13th October 2020

Added Simply Fibre.

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  1. Avatar Philip Cheeseman says:

    Thank you for generating the stats. I wish there was someway of encouraging an altnet into your area. I’ve tried to sign up as interested to all the local ones but we are either too urban, too far away or not Southampton… We’re ripe for expansion into with over 15000 people in the small collection of towns I live in and zero fibre (some gfast). Keep feeling I will just need to wait for openreach or virginmedia…

    1. Avatar Ben says:

      We are in a similar position. I live in Haywards Heath, a relatively wealthy commuter town. No g.fast or FTTP, not even Virgin Media. Interestingly a neighbouring village (Lindfield) has Openreach FTTP, so perhaps we’re on their radar? Hmm…

    2. Avatar Ryan says:

      I am the same town of 35,000 people – no virgin, no altnet no G.fast so max of 76.

      I live 3000m from the box so max of 25-30.

      If an altnet came in with FTTP or even Virgin they would totally clear up, from a business sense I think the smaller towns with no alternative would be the best places to get customers rather than go into a big city which already has Virgin/FTTP/G fast but what do I know.

      Bring on 5G and that is the only chance we have of faster internet.

  2. Avatar joe says:

    Some effort Mark 🙂

  3. Avatar A_Builder says:


    Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    Some of the lack of emitted information is surprising.

    Posting “we don’t know what you are doing” is also very important for investors and potential investors to understand that Comms are important in a Comms business!!

    Great work

  4. Avatar N says:

    I’m somewhat torn on all this news about full fibre, on the one hand I’m happy that we’re advancing, however I’m annoyed at the focus on prioritizing urban areas bringing gigabit connections and boosting their already quick speeds when there are still many homes that don’t even have access to FTTC, at my old house which I moved from not to long ago still uses old copper cables, the absolute fastest speed available there is 3mbps, in 2020 that isn’t acceptable, people who live rural are being left behind, and I fear that they will always be left behind as it’s not seen as profitable to extend reach to those places, this pandemic has proven that internet is a utility not a luxury, yet rural residents pay through the nose for a lackluster service.

    1. Avatar Dave says:

      I feel your pain, for years we were at the bottom of the pile, we originally had TPON which took at least 2 or more years before we could even get ADSL (copper overlay), then the next almost decade we spent stuck on ADSL surrounded by Virgin, FTTP, FTTC (even half the estate was FTTC, but nothing for us), then summer last year Cityfibre announced their plans for our town and they were starting in our area, then in late Feb this year I spotted Openreach doing things at the entrance to our estate, 3rd April and I have FTTP live and im just waiting for cityfibre to make available to order (all streetworks have been done). So there is hope we have gone from bottom 2% in country straight to the top.

  5. Avatar chris conder says:

    Nice one Mark, good to see so many altnets going where the big boys fear to tread. It is much needed competition which will deliver a digital britain.

  6. Avatar Mungo says:

    I live in Dewsbury and apparently West Yorkshire is meant to be rolling out full fibre. My estate was built in 2018 but still has ADSL line only. I’ve been enquiring and trying to chase up and sign up for full fibre since moving here but still nothing. More annoyingly there’s a Virgin Media open stall in the middle of the town centre always trying to peddle their services to you, but only the east side of Dewsbury has cable / fibre already, and the west side is still stuck with copper wired ADSL! I gave them my postcode 2 years ago and still nothing. Clowns.

  7. Avatar Enric P says:

    Many thanks Mark,

    A very interesting and concise article with key figures.

  8. Avatar t0m5k1 says:

    I just pissed at the whole shambles.
    4 Cabinets in Basingstoke ready for FTTP yet I get a constant stream of spam through my email box and front door.

    All they ever do is make sure the shitty centers are connected and move on then leave the surrounding areas for commercial funding or they schedule a small expansion 10 on.

    Pathetic Tory money backed infrastructure upgrades.
    Get them out of office ASAP

  9. Avatar Roger Zinar says:

    I wish there was a website where I can be told, based on my postcode, when my street/building is scheduled to be upgraded with fibre optic cables.
    Currently only virgin provides fast internet in my neighbourhood of London, and they’ve been behaving like a greedy monopoly.
    Am dying to get my building upgraded so that I can ditch virgin and enjoy better, healthier competition between suppliers.

  10. Avatar Mirko says:

    Requesting information since 2017 when will be fibre available in SW8, but no response. Very annoying that in a supposedly developed country is such behind. Seriously in the last little village in Hungary fibre is available.

    1. Avatar Meadmodj says:

      Yes some European countries are ahead of us and have more impressive targets but they are not there just yet and all countries are at different stages of the same journey. Hungary urban and rural VHCN coverage corresponds to the FTTP footprint of 43% and 29% respectively. However HU has a high 100Mbps+ coverage of 82% due mainly to cable.

      Hopefully the UK providers will be given the confidence to proceed at an increased pace.

  11. Avatar JAMES BODY says:

    Good work Mark

    Any chance of getting this data in tabular/spreadsheet format (Google Sheets?)

    Is Wessex Internet absent from your listings?

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      No Wessex isn’t absent, it looks like a beta software test I tried yesterday just wrecked our automated linking system for older articles. I’ve now re-introduced the old system and all is working again.

      I may do this as a spreadsheet but probably not for public consumption as it’s then easier for others to copy and take credit for my work in putting it together.

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