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UK ISP Giganet Expand FTTP Broadband Cover via Cityfibre

Friday, December 11th, 2020 (10:00 am) - Score 1,848
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Hampshire-based UK ISP Giganet, which offers Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband packages to homes via both the Openreach and Cityfibre networks, appears to have expanded their relationship with the latter to include coverage in Portsmouth, Swindon, Reading, Plymouth, Crawley and Horsham.

Cityfibre is currently investing £4bn as part of its wider UK deployment (here and here), which currently aims to cover around 1 million premises by the end of 2021 and then 8 million across 100+ cities and towns (c.30% of the UK) – the latter target is expected to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025.

NOTE: At present Cityfibre are already building or mobilising in 67 of the planned 100+ cities and towns.

In terms of Giganet’s new Cityfibre based coverage, we understand that they should be ready to connect their first customers in those cities from “early” 2021. The ISP had already confirmed that they were working with Cityfibre’s FTTP deployment before today, but until now we didn’t know which locations would initially benefit.

Out of that group of six launch cities, we understand that Portsmouth will be the first to get connected.

Andrew Skipsey, CEO of Giganet, said:

“This announcement will bring Giganet’s full fibre broadband services to hundreds of thousands of homes across the South. Building on our huge experience of offering full fibre home broadband, this partnership will ensure we can connect even more people in previously poorly served areas. With our focus on great value packages, local engagement, and well-proven customer service, we expect to see huge demand.

This announcement builds on our well-established partnership with CityFibre over who’s networks we have offered full fibre services to businesses since 2018. In Portsmouth, our local city, we have been awarded both Original Launch Partner and City Champion status, reflecting our commitment to and success in unleashing the benefits of full fibre connectivity.”

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“We are thrilled to be adding Giganet, already a valued customer, to our growing list of ISPs now offering full fibre services to homes as well as businesses. The launch of their full fibre broadband services in the New Year will be great news for people living across the South of England.

With ISPs continuing to join our networks, CityFibre is fast becoming the infrastructure of choice for full fibre home broadband. We are currently mobilising or building across 67 towns and cities nationwide and have plans to reach up to 8 million premises by 2025. These world-class networks are creating a scaled competitive ecosystem for ISPs that will result in greater choice for ISPs, better services for consumers and a better outcome for the entire country.”

Originally Cityfibre’s residential FTTP broadband network could only be accessed via Vodafone’s service (Gigafast Broadband), but since a change in that agreement earlier this year we’ve seen a number of other ISPs join their platform, such as TalkTalk, Zen Internet and others. Further details should crop-up here in the near future – https://home.giga.net.uk/cityfibre/ .

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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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6 Responses
  1. Peter says:

    It’s really good seeing more ISPs using City Fibre, hopefully they chose them over OR in places with overbuild.

    1. Ben says:

      I expect CityFibre’s pricing is more competitive, and personally I’d prefer symmetrical upload speeds over Openreach’s 1Gb down / 100Mb up.

    2. Anna says:

      Yeah! We’ve just been told Truespped are coming to this area – only doing 900/900 but for £69 a month I’ll take it!

    3. A_Builder says:

      @ Anna

      900/900 how will you cope?

  2. Viv Burrows says:

    Giganet, I can only say positive things about them. They were our only hope in Basingstoke and they’ve been brilliant

  3. Bryan says:

    They have been offering in aberdeen via cityfibre for at least 6 months

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