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Summary of UK FTTP Broadband Build Progress by ISPs UPDATE128

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 (12:01 am) - Score 84,769
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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: Some providers haven’t publicly stated their build targets and don’t keep us informed about progress (we ask operators to help us fill in any blanks below). Build stats below are only for FTTP.

1310 (Wirehive)
Ambition: Several smaller builds in poorly served parts of Hampshire (around Farnborough and Basingstoke) and possibly Warwickshire (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A new provider, started by the owners of Wirehive, that has already unbundled exchanges in Farnborough and Basingstoke, and has now started to build its own FTTP.

4 Fibre (SCCI Group)
Ambition: Looking to build a physical FTTP network into large residential (MDU) buildings across the UK, which ISPs can share (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note:. Established by the SCCI Group, which provides TV & media systems, satellite & fibre distribution networks and security systems etc. But this is more of a shared physical network than a wholesale FTTP solution.

The 4th Utility (Vision Fibre Media)
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.12,500 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. Gobble 10,000 London premises via Vision Fibre Media in March 2021 (here).

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.

Affinity Systems (Rymote)
Ambition: Small rural community builds in Durham and Northumberland, England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Very little known about this provider.

AJ Technology (Kloud9)
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP in the North of England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Until now they’ve had some bespoke builds to high rises in Greater Manchester. But details on their future plans and funding are still unclear.

AllPoints Fibre
Ambition: Planning to deploy a wholesale FTTP network for other ISPs to use (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Backed by Fern Trading, which also supports Jurassic Fibre, Swish Fibre, Vorboss and Giganet.
Note: No solid details on their rollout plan, targets or funding. But a strong management team and funding source will help their prospects.

APC Solutions (Essex WiFi)
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP, but few details (here)
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: APC / Essex Wi-Fi have previously focused on running a fixed wireless access network and offering IT services, but they’re now branching out into FTTP builds.

Axione UK (Axione Fibre)
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP to 4 million rural and sub-urban UK premises (here and here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £300m via Bouygues Energies & Services and Vauban Infrastructure Partners.
Note: Axione plan to build an open access wholesale network for other ISPs to harness, starting in Scotland (Fife)

Airband
Ambition: Aiming to cover 600,000 premises in West England, the Home Counties and Wales by the end of 2025 (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £16m investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund and £25m in existing contractual BDUK subsidies (here). Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) now holds a majority stake and has made a significant, albeit undisclosed, funding commitment. Some £100m has also come via a debt facility from an international banking consortium including HSBC, Lloyds, Nord LB and Sabadell.
Note: Most of their current premises passed are via fixed wireless, but Airband has switched to FTTP for future builds.

Alncom
Ambition: Aiming for 25,000 rural premises in parts of Northumberland, Durham and Scottish Borders by the end of 2024 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 7,000 premises (June 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.300 per month
Investment: Railsite Telecom are a key investor.
Note: Started as a fixed wireless ISP but now branching out into full fibre.

Broadway Partners (Broadway Broadband)
Ambition: Aspires to cover 250,000 rural UK premises by the end of 2025 (here), mostly in Wales and Scotland.
Current Coverage: ? (thousands of premises)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £145m from Downing LLP.
Note: Until recently they most deployed fixed wireless networks, but are now building a lot more FTTP.

Briant Broadband
Ambition: Aims to deploy FTTP in poorly served areas, starting in parts of Sussex (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Details unclear.

Brightstar Limited
Ambition: Deploying across Central and West London, before more of the UK (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Long-established business ISP that is about to build more FTTP and extend to include homes.

B4RN
Ambition: The current rural England build plan could reach c.40-50,000 premises by the end of 2022 and then 80,000 – 100,000 by 2026 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 20,000 Premises (10,000 connected customers) – April 2022
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.330 Premises
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.

B4RK (Broadband For Rural Kent)
Ambition: Building across rural parts of Kent, with the aim of reaching 5,000 premises in the next 18-24 months and 30,000+ rural premises by 2026 (here).
Current Coverage: ? (Oversland village)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Unspecified mix of private investment and government gigabit vouchers.
Note: Inspired by but independent of the community drive B4RN project above.

BitStreme
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.

Borderlink Broadband (GoFibre)
Ambition: Planning to rollout FTTP across 500,000 premises in parts of Southern Scotland and Northern England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £10.5m from the Gresham House Investment Fund (BSIF), a £100k loan from Business Loans Scotland and another £164m from BSIF.
Note: Operates a rural Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network, but now moving to deploy 10Gbps FTTP into urban and rural areas in border communities.

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.

Brsk
Ambition: Deploying FTTP in Northern England, starting with many towns across West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 27,000 premises (Apr 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 2,700 premises (Apr 2022)
Investment: Backed by private equity firm Advencap
Note: Appears to have good support and an experienced leadership team.

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
Ambition: Almost 8 million premises passed by 2025 or later (here).
Current Coverage: 1,700,000 premises (Jun 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 100,000 (Jun 2022) – Aiming to peak at 120,000 (ETA unknown).
Investment: Project value for 8 million premises is £4bn (c.£500 per premises passed).
Note: The primary partner ISP for residential customers is Vodafone, but TalkTalk, Giganet and Zen Internet have also joined. Sky Broadband may follow.

Converged Communication Solutions
Ambition: Planning to build FTTP into rural parts of Scotland (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: An established ISP that is looking to conduct a rural FTTP build. Very little detail.

Connect Fibre (Fibre Assets Ltd.)
Ambition: Focused on FTTP builds in East of England (here and here) and helping connect a 5G trial.
Current Coverage: c.300 premises passed in the Cambridgeshire village of Reach.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Unspecified amount from Foresight Group LLP.
Note: Little is known about their progress or future targets, but Air Broadband are the chosen ISP partner.

Community Fibre (Box Broadband)
Ambition: Aims to cover 2.2 million premises by the end of 2024 (mostly in London) – here, here and here, while also reaching 200,000 premises in South England via Box Broadband (here).
Current Coverage: 500,000 homes and 116,000 businesses passed (May 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.17,000 premises
Investment: Some £90m from private investors and Government backed schemes (here), plus £400m via Warburg Pincus and DTCP, and £100m from a syndicate of existing and new banks.
Note: At present they’ve mostly been connecting large social housing sites (MDUs) and office buildings in London, but they also do individual housing (SDU).

Connexin
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP in the North of England (here), starting in Hull and East Yorkshire (here).
Current Coverage: n/a
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a
Investment: Some £80m from private investors Whitehelm Capital.
Note: First customers to be connected in Hull by the end of 2021.

County Broadband
Ambition: 500,000 premises by end of 2027, focus on Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 1?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £146m from Aviva Investors.
Note: Focusing on rural communities. Seems to be making good early build progress, but lack of new premises passed figures.

Country Connect
Ambition: Deploying across South Wales and aiming to reach 5,000 premises by the end of 2021 (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Little detail available, but started rollout in H1 2021 around Ponthir and Caerleon.

Digital Infrastructure (BeFibre)
Ambition: Aiming to cover parts of c.80 UK cities and towns or c.1 million homes by 2027 (here, here and here) – 200,000 by end of 2022.
Current Coverage: 9,500 Premises (July 2021)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.2,500 Premises
Investment: c.£100m via Basalt
Note: Initial builds spotted in Crewe (Cheshire), Boston (Lincolnshire), Brentwood (Essex) and many more. Supported by civil engineering firm Aberla Utilities.

Exascale
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.

Ecom
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.

Energy Assets Fibre Networks
Ambition: Expanding to build more FTTP for new build homes and offer it at wholesale to ISPs (here)
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Currently works with UK ISP Grain via an asset ownership model, but now moving in to wider wholesale.

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

FullFibre Limited
Ambition: Aiming for 100,000 premises by the end of 2021 and then 500,000 by 2025 – mostly in the West Midlands, Central and South West of England (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 50,000 premises passed (Oct 2021)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 15,000 premises (Oct 2021)
Investment: Unclear but significant support via Basalt Infrastructure Partners.
Note: Can buy services via ISP partners like Fibre Heroes.

Fibre First Ltd
Ambition: Seems to be building to some new build sites.
Current Coverage: 100+ Premises (Apr 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Details unclear.
Note: Company has existed since 2012 and is based in Cranfield, Bedford. But little else is known and the website was not finished at our last check (Apr 2022).

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: Aiming for 330,000 premises in N.Ireland, including 85,000 under the Project Stratum contract (here and here). Plus they plan to cover 300,000 premise across England (here).
Current Coverage: 120,000 premises (Mar 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.8,000 premises (4.6k via Project Stratum)
Investment: Backed by Infracapital and with total funding of £0.5bn in Northern Ireland.
Note: Fibrus is currently set to become the 3rd largest FTTP network in Northern Ireland over the next few years.

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 2025 (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 150,000 premises (July 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c. 6,000 premises
Investment: Supported by Maestro Capital and £25m from Santander.
Note: F&W stands for Fibre and Wireless (they deploy fixed wireless in areas where FTTP isn’t viable). Supported by ISP Hey!Broadband.

Freedom Fibre (TalkTalk)
Ambition: Aiming to cover 70,000 premises in North England by the end of 2022 and then 2 million in the future (here).
Current Coverage: 20,000 premises (May 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.2,000+ premises passed
Investment: £30m of capital, £84m from Equitix and a £16m Santander debt facility
Note: Building a wholesale fibre network for ISPs to use and already supported by TalkTalk – some of their leadership also comes from the same ISP.

G.Network
Ambition: 1.4 million premises across London by around 2026 (here).
Current Coverage: 400,000 premises passed (May 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.20,000 premises.
Investment: Initial £65m – mostly via Cube Infrastructure Managers (Cube IM). Plus a new equity investment by USS of up to £295m over 6 years and debt secured from four banks of up to £745m.
Note: An ISP that is quietly building an open access FTTP network and at a faster pace than most.

Gigaloch (Optilec)
Ambition: General plans for rural deployments in Scotland and England (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: The provider seems to be doing some work in rural Cheshire (England) and Scotland.

Gigaclear
Ambition: 500,000 premises in rural areas (mostly England) by the end of 2025 2023 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 300,000 premises passed (May 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.10,000
Investment: c.£270m (Infracapital acquisition), excluding public funding. Plus a new £525m funding deal in 2020 (here) and £190m supported via the UKIB in 2021.
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), but improved through 2021.

Grayshott Gigabit
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP across rural parts of the East Hampshire, Surrey Hills and surrounding areas (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Supported by Government Gigabit Vouchers
Note: NLimited details, but work on Phase One is due to start during summer 2021 in Grayshott, Hindhead and Beacon Hill.

Global Reach Networks
Ambition: Initial plans to build across the Brighton and Sussex area (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Few details.

Grain (Grain Connect)
Ambition: Aims to cover 300,000 UK premises by the end of 2026. Starting in Carlisle, Scarborough, Barrow-in-Furness and Blackburn (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £10m in equity finance from Albion Capital (Albion Real Assets Fund), plus £75m equity from Equitix and another £100m in debt (planned).
Note: Started by focusing on new build home sites and large appartment (MDU) blocks, but has since expanded to cover existing housing.

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).

Hampstead Fibre
Ambition: Building to a premium network to affluent parts of North London (here and here).
Current Coverage: 100 premises (North of Hampstead Heath)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: n/a
Investment: ?
Note: Seems to be focused on tackling poorly served, albeit wealthy, areas of North London.

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.

Hyperoptic
Ambition: Aiming for 2 million UK homes (FTTB/FTTP) by the end of 2023 (here).
Current Coverage: 750,000 premises passed.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.10,000 premises (July 2021 Estimate).
Investment: £500m+ – mostly via global investment firm KKR, which now owns a majority stake.
Note: Tends to focus on large urban apartment and office blocks (MDUs) in cities. Present in 57 towns and 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) and £100m more in April 2022 (here).
Note: The figure of 70,000 above reflects coverage under both their fibre and hybrid (fibre and fixed wireless) networks. We have not had any recent updates on this.

Internetty
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.

I Need Broadband
Ambition: Deploying across parts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (here).
Current Coverage: 250 premises (July 2021)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £1m+
Note: Previously a wireless ISP, but now building its own FTTP, mostly to new home development sites / estates.

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: 500,000 premises across Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset (mostly rural) by 2025 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 100,000 premises (June 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.6.000 premises
Investment: c.£250m via Fern Trading.
Note: Strong financial support and a focus on poorly served parts of South West England.

KCOM
Ambition: Estimated 300,000 FTTP premises across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (here and here).
Current Coverage: 300,000 premises passed (May 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 6,000 premises passed
Investment: £85m+ spent, with £100m committed for future expansion.
Note: Backed by new owner Macquarie Infrastructure (MIRA / MEIF 6 Fibre).

Lothian Broadband
Ambition: Aims to cover 70,000 rural premises with FTTP across East and Mid Lothian in Scotland (here).
Current Coverage: Villages of Gifford and Pencaitland.
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £5m from shareholders, £20m from the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB).
Note: A small but well established and growing Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and FTTP ISP, which aims to invest £70m to cover 70,000 premises with fibre by the end of 2026.

Lit Fibre (formerly Broadreach Networks)
Ambition: General FTTP rollout targetting 500,000 UK homes by 2026 (here), starting with towns in Wiltshire.
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: £3m in opening shares, but additional funding via Newlight Partners LP.
Note: The CEO is an industry veteran from Hyperoptic, O2 and BE Unlimited.

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.

Lightspeed Broadband
Ambition: Aims to cover 200,000 homes by end of 2022, followed by an ambition to reach 1 million by 2025 (here, here, here).
Current Coverage: 30,000 premises (Mar 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 2,500 premises (Mar 2022)
Investment: £55m with a potential for £300m via AtmosClear Investments and Kompass Kapital. Plus £60m from Sequoia (here).
Note: The build will focus on towns in the East of England, starting in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

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 to 300,000 premises across poorly served parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £250m via Fern Trading Limited
Note: M12 are a well established ISP and are now moving to build their own network.

MS3 (connectHull)
Ambition: Aims to cover 21,000 premises (13%) in Hull and 500,000 across North England (here and here).
Current Coverage: c.2% of Premises in Hull
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Unspecified funding sum from Asterion Industrial Partners.
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 (YouFibre)
Ambition: Target of 1 million UK premises by the end of 2023 and focusing on suburban areas (here and here).
Current Coverage: 130,000 premises (Apr 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.15,000 premises (Apr 2022)
Investment: £418m secured – £20m from ESO Capital Partners UK LLP, £25m from AdvenCap, £73m in debt by Avenue Capital Group, £5m from their founders and £295m from DigitalBridge Investment Management.
Note: Setup by the former CEO of CommunityFibre. Netomnia do the building and YouFibre are the ISP. Strong management and financial backing.

Ociusnet
Ambition: Planning to deploy retail and wholesale FTTP in the South East and North West of England, staring in the Cheshire town of Congleton (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: An established network builder in other countries, but fairly new to the UK.

Ogi
Ambition: 150,000 premises across South Wales by 2025, possibly reaching 350,000 – 500,000 (here and here).
Current Coverage: 23,000 premises (Jun 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 2,700 premises (Jun 2022)
Investment: £200m via Infracapital
Note: Building its own FTTP network, but also sells Openreach based full fibre packages via unbundled exchanges. The ISP was formerly known as ‘Spectrum Internet’.

Open Infra
Ambition: Planning to build an open access wholesale network (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Swedish born operator that has expanded into the UK after building in Sweden, Germany and the USA.

Openreach (BT)
Ambition: Target of 25 million premises by December 2026 (80%+ of the UK).
Current Coverage: 5.5 million premises passed (Feb 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 225,000 premises (c.50,000 per week).
Investment: £15bn.
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: Working to build FTTP, starting in Kent, but also around poorly served parts of East Sussex, Devon and Essex (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £?m from Mobeus
Note: Orbital Net is better known for their fixed wireless broadband in Kent, but they’re now building their own FTTP.

Optify (Wifinity – formerly PCCW Global Networks UK)
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 and 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 Fibre Broadband
Ambition: Target of 120,000 premises in Lincolnshire (here), reach 10,000 by Q1 2022 (here).
Current Coverage: 5,000 premises
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.1,000 premises
Investment: Some funding from government gigabit vouchers.
Note: Recently acquired engineering firm QConex (formerly KConex) to help build FTTP. Previously ran fixed wireless networks in rural villages.

Quickline (Bigblu)
Ambition: Expected to build some FTTP around parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £9.11m for full fibre and fixed wireless broadband in Yorkshire and various BDUK / DCMS contracts. Recently acquired by Northleaf Capital Partners.
Note: Usually does Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), but moving slowly into full fibre. Aims to cover 500,000 homes, but it’s unclear how many of these will be via FTTP. Also sells Cityfibre’s service via Quickfire.

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). Short-term target of 15,000 premises by the end of 2022.
Current Coverage: 7,000 premises passed (Oct 2021)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.600+ premises
Investment: Unspecified private funding and public funding via gigabit vouchers.
Note: Started their FTTP build in the Monmouthshire and Powys area during 2020.

RunFibre
Ambition: Deploying in some parts of South Gloucestershire – aiming for 3,500 premises by March 2023 (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Started building in Hawkesbury Upton, Inglestone Common and surrounding properties.

SWS Broadband (RBBS)
Ambition: Aiming to deploy rural FTTP to 50,000 premises in Shropshire, as well as others in Herefordshire and Powys (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: Mostly from Gigabit Vouchers
Note: SWS has a strong fixed wireless network, but are now moving into FTTP. The first of 50 villages in Shropshire are now going live.

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.

SIMWOOD
Ambition: General plans for a rural FTTP deployment (here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: ?
Note: A well recognised provider that is perhaps best known for supplying businesses and ISPs with IP phone and voice services.

Spring Fibre
Ambition: Planning to deploy FTTP into poorly served UK areas as a wholesale solution for other ISPs (here).
Current Coverage: .
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £16m+ worth of shares
Note: Provider appears to have experienced leadership and good initial funding, but plans remain unclear.

Stix Internet (Northern Fibre)
Ambition: Looking to deploy FTTP into poorly served areas, starting in Yorkshire near Huddersfield (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: The service will be sold via ISP Northern Fibre, with some funding from gigabit vouchers.

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).

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.

Symmetris
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.

Technological
Ambition: Building FTTP for rural villages in Devon and Somerset (here).
Current Coverage: 180+ Premises
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 50 premises per month
Investment: £350,000 (vouchers)
Note: A tiny provider that seems to be making a big dent in some remote communities.

Telcom (Velocity Fibre, ClearFibre, WeFibre and Black Fibre)
Ambition: Building FTTP for homes, commercial buildings and businesses in North West of England and Wales (here, here and here), aiming to cover 1 million premises by the end of 2023.
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £5m for fibre in Marsden (own funding) and £63m from Gresham House (here).
Note: A well established provider with plenty of experience, albeit a confusing array of sub-brands. Strong focus on parts of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Tameside, Blackpool and London.

Truespeed
Ambition: Aiming for 75,000 premises in rural South West England by 2021, then 500,000 by the end of 2026 (here).
Current Coverage: 40,000 premises (mostly Somerset)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £175m from Aviva Investors (here and here).
Note: Exact roll-out plan is unclear but the city of Wells (7,000 premises) is on their list for 2020 (here) and Bath for 2021 (here). Demand-led operator.

Trooli (Call Flow Solutions)
Ambition: Aims to cover 400,000 UK premises by the end of 2022 and at least 1 million in 2024 (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 220,000 premises passed (May 2022).
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 7,500+ premises (July 2021).
Investment: c.£27m (€30m) of funding from European investors (here), £5m from NatWest (here) and a £67.5m senior debt facility from the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (here).
Note: Trooli itself may seem like a new entrant, but they have lots of experience via former parent Call Flow and a serious rollout plan.

toob
Ambition: Aiming to cover 300,000 premises in Hampshire and Surrey, rising to 1 million+ premises by 2027 (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 2,000 Premises
Investment: £75m from funds advised by the Amber Infrastructure Group (here) and £87.5m from the Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund.
Note: Strong management and financial backing.

Upp (formerly Fibre Me)
Ambition: Aims to cover 300,000 premises in Eastern England by the end of 2022, then 1 million by 2025 (here) and (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: £1bn via LetterOne, the management team, and the Board of Directors (£300m in equity and the rest as debt).
Note: Strong management and financial backing. Initial build areas in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

Urbanfibre (O’Connor Group Topco Limited)
Ambition: Aspiration to build across parts of London, the South East, the M4/A4 corridor and the Midlands (here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: New operator, albeit one founded by members of an established civil engineering firm – O’Connor Utilities .

Voneus (Dyfed IT etc.)
Ambition: Aspiring for 1.6 million homes across the UK countryside in the future, but near-term FTTP target of 100,000 (here and 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. Possibly as much as £100m+ in the future.
Note: FTTP is a new focus for Voneus, which has previously been a fixed wireless provider. ISP has 8,000+ customers and 80+ staff.

Virgin Media (Liberty Global)
Ambition: Aiming to add 3-4 million extra UK premises – 2 million via FTTP – within the next few years (here).
Current Coverage: 15.5 million premises passed (only c.1.3 million FTTP)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: 30,000 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).

VISPA
Ambition: Aiming to cover 10,000 homes by mid-2022, started in Marple around Greater Manchester (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: A small but well-established ISP that previously also built its own fixed wireless network in Cheshire.

Vorboss
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, as well as Colchester, Bristol, Uttoxeter, Crewe, Nantwich and parts of London.
Current Coverage: 50,000 premises
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, Pure Broadband and Vonage etc.. 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 , WestFibre)
Ambition: Aiming to build FTTP to rural homes and businesses in parts of rural 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.

WightFibre
Ambition: Aiming for 80% of premises passed on the Isle of Wight by the end of 2022 (60,000 homes), then 96% (70,000 premises) by the end of 2023 (here).
Current Coverage: 38,000 homes (May 2022) vs 35,000 premises
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c.1,000+ homes per month.
Investment: £35m via Infracapital, £50m from NatWest Bank and £9m from BDUK (total c.£100m).
Note: Currently entering the peak phase of their build.

Wildanet
Ambition: Planning to build FTTP to urban and rural parts of Cornwall (here and here).
Current Coverage: None
Est. Monthly Build Rate: None
Investment: £1.15m from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund, plus £50m from the Gresham House British Strategic Investment Infrastructure Fund (BSIF).
Note: Mostly builds fixed wireless networks, but now looking to move into full fibre.

Wildcard Networks (Fibreconnect)
Ambition: Generally building FTTP and Dark Fibre to business sites and /or big apartment blocks around Tyne and Wear, as well as a bit of Newcastle city centre.
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Limited roll-out (here), but residential connectivity has been mentioned. Also acting as an ISP on Cityfibre’s network in the North East and Newcastle.

YesFibre
Ambition: Building across towns in Staffordshire (here and here).
Current Coverage: ?
Est. Monthly Build Rate: ?
Investment: ?
Note: Limited details, but operator has an experienced team.

Zzoomm
Ambition: Aiming for 1 million homes across 85 UK towns with 2Gbps FTTP by the end of 2025 (here, here and here).
Current Coverage: 50,000 premises passed (Jun 2022)
Est. Monthly Build Rate: c. 6,700 premises passed (Jun 2022)
Investment: £1m from the CEO, £100m from Oaktree Capital Management and £100m in a banking debt facility (here).
Note: Focusing on smaller towns, with deployments in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, North Yorkshire and Cheshire etc.

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 to 31st December 2021

REMOVED all prior update notes for this period to reduce historic spam and focus on only the current year (2022).

UPDATED 4th January 2022

Updated Axione and Truespeed.

UPDATED 5th January 2022

Updated Lothian Broadband.

UPDATED 10th January 2022

Updated BorderLink and G.Network.

UPDATED 17th January 2022

Updated Fibrus.

UPDATED 27th January 2022

Updated CommunityFibre and Grain.

UPDATED 14th Feb 2022

Updated WightFibre and Connect Fibre.

UPDATED 15th Feb 2022

Added Global Reach Networks and Open Infra.

UPDATED 18th Feb 2022

Updated Fibrus.

UPDATED 2nd Feb 2022

Updated Hampstead Fibre.

UPDATED 28th Feb 2022

Updated Hyperoptic.

UPDATE 16th Mar 2022

Added Urbanfibre and Brightstar.

Updated LightSpeed Broadband.

UPDATE 21st Mar 2022

Updated CityFibre.

UPDATE 28th Mar 2022

Updated YesFibre.

UPDATE 31st Mar 2022

Updated Fibrus and Netomnia.

UPDATE 4th April 2022

Updated Brsk and County Broadband.

UPDATE 6th April 2022

Updated Upp and BeFibre / Digital Infrastructure.

UPDATED 7th April 2022

Added Energy Assets Fibre Networks.

UPDATED 8th April 2022

Updated Netomnia.

UPDATED 11th April 2022

Updated RunFibre and B4RN.

UPDATED 25th April 2022

Updated ITS Technology.

UPDATED 28th April 2022

Added Fibre First Limited.

UPDATED 3rd May 2022

Updated Community Fibre and Jurassic Fibre.

UPDATED 16th May 2022

Updated WightFibre.

UPDATED 19th May 2022

Updated G.Network.

UPDATED 24th May 2022

Updated Freedom Fibre.

UPDATED 25th May 2022

Updated KCOM.

UPDATED 26th May 2022

Updated Truespeed.

UPDATED 31st May 2022

Updated Trooli.

UPDATED 3rd June 2022

Updated CityFibre.

UPDATED 6th June 2022

Updated Alncom.

UPDATED 7th June 2022

Updated Ogi.

UPDATED 13th June 2022

Updated Gigaclear.

UPDATED 16th and 20th June 2022

Updated Jurassic Fibre.

UPDATED 1st July 2022

Updated Zzoomm.

UPDATED 5th July 2022

Updated F&W Networks.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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16 Responses
  1. 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. 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. 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. joe says:

    Some effort Mark 🙂

  3. A_Builder says:

    @MJ

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Enric P says:

    Many thanks Mark,

    A very interesting and concise article with key figures.

  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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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