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New UK ISP YouFibre Connect First FTTP Broadband Customers

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 (8:35 am) - Score 2,436

Alternative “full fibre” ISP YouFibre, which a few months ago started their first gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network roll-out in the small Durham (England) town of Peterlee (here), has just recently followed that by welcoming the first of several live customers.

We still know very little about this provider, although their network build is being handled by Netomnia (here) and Jeremy Chelot is the sole Director of both companies. The provider generally focuses upon homes and businesses in “predominantly suburban areas” and aspires to cover 1 million premises by the end of 2022, then 3 million by 2025 (i.e. focusing on locations where FTTP has yet to be built).

The Peterlee deployment is a key test since Virgin Media are currently conducting a much larger FTTP roll-out along the coastal side of the town, although YouFibre is also understood to be working in some other locations too but we haven’t been able to confirm those.. yet.

Otherwise prices tend to start from £20 per month (discounted from £22) for an unlimited 50Mbps (symmetric) speed and that goes up to just £30 (discounted from £50) for their top 900Mbps+ tier on a 12 month term (or there’s a 30 day term, without the discount). By the looks of it their first subscriber (few details are provided) took their middle 150Mbps tier (£25) and the following speedtest was conducted via WiFi (oddly their ping under FTTP is worse than it was under FTTC before).

Speedtest.net Before vs After YouFibre

youfibre speedtest

Mind you it might have been wiser for YouFibre to remember the social distancing rules before presenting that bottle of wine.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar CarlT says:

    I’m really not sure giving that chap booze to congratulate him is a good idea.

    1. Avatar Yatta! says:

      Lardy cakes should lay off the booze and pies.

  2. Avatar Paul Birch says:

    They have had a rocky start me Peterlee as they keep changing the install date I’ve had 2 so far and am still waiting for the 3rd date I’ve known some people have had at least 4

  3. Avatar SimonM says:

    Connects first customer, has press photo taken, ignores all social distancing and Covid-secure rules.

    1. Avatar Buggerlugz says:

      Really the sort of professional conduct that fills customers with confidence when ordering FTTP from a brand new company!

      Going by how the boss operates, maybe the wait for installs is due to all their staff having to self isolate?

    2. Avatar Tyeth Gundry says:

      You can’t get fibre installed without breaching best safety practices, but you still do your best: wash hands and surfaces, keep one metre plus, seems kosher enough to me. Same as openreach

    3. Avatar CarlT says:

      I really don’t think nCoV-SARS-19 is the biggest of that chap’s health worries.

    4. Avatar CarlT says:

      Actually you can, Tyeth, you open all doors, etc, for the engineer, you cleanse in advance any surfaces they may touch then you get out of their way, leaving windows and anything else that will create an airflow open.

      We’ve had a couple of items of work done and that was how we rolled. They touched nothing we did with any regularity without sanitation.

  4. Avatar The BFG says:

    Hmm perhaps not the best press release we have seen. Regardless of Covid issues. Could be in the same household
    You would think that you would plug the device that you are doing the speed test with into the router to ensure the best latency result. They may have done this of course and so not a great connection.
    Also could they not find a customer that wanted the 900Mb and connect them?
    Very odd choice of speedtest result for PR.
    Still 10 out of 10 for effort.

  5. Avatar A N Other says:

    I believe that the installs are actually done by MAP Group using the netomnia name

  6. Avatar JamesW says:

    Very keen pricing.

    I have registered but they won’t be around my area for a very long time.

  7. Avatar StewBen says:

    They have also started in the nearby village of Wingate.
    I’ve had my install date changed twice hopefully 3rd time lucky this September, still can’t argue with the £33 per month for the 900MB service with phone included on a 12 month contract, then £50 on a month by month contract after that.

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