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ISP Lightning Fibre UK Begins Hastings FTTP Broadband Rollout

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 (4:51 pm) - Score 2,016
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Some 45,000 homes and businesses in the coastal town of Hastings (East Sussex, England) have today been confirmed as the next to benefit from ISP Lightning Fibre‘s deployment of a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, with work now getting underway.

The operator, which currently aims to cover over 100,000 premises across parts of East Sussex, began their rollout in the Eastbourne area during 2019 (here) and has previously indicated that Hastings was also one of their future targets. But it seems as if last year’s investment boost from independent infrastructure and private equity firm Foresight (here) has helped to turn their plans into a reality.

Initially, the “full fibre” upgrade will cover TN34, 35, 37 and 38 (postcode areas); with additional, surrounding areas under consideration. Further announcements of local rollouts are expected from the company in the “coming months.”

The town doesn’t have much in the way of gigabit-capable rivals for the provider to worry about, although Openreach do have a few spots of FTTP coverage and Zzoomm originally mentioned the town as a possible future target.

Ben Ferriman, Lightning Fibre CEO, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“I live in Eastbourne and the poor connectivity really frustrated me, knowing Hastings also struggled I decided to level up both towns by building our own dedicated fibre optic network to give our communities the connectivity they deserve. Lightning Fibre is building high quality networks across East Sussex, creating quality local jobs and delivering a high-quality service at an affordable and competitive price for our customers.”

Colin Fitzgerald, Deputy Leader of Hastings Borough Council, said:

“This is tremendous news for Hastings, our residents and businesses. We have campaigned for years to improve our connectivity, both physical and virtual, and it is great to see that we are about to benefit from hyper fast broadband. The pandemic of the last year has meant many of us have had to work from home, and this kind of broadband will help both local residents and businesses, and those looking to relocate here. And it’s great to see that so many of the people employed on the project are locally based”.

Residential customers who join the service pay from £29 per month for an unlimited symmetric speed 100Mbps package on a 24-month contract term (plus £100 one-off for the setup), which apparently comes with a 10Gbps capable “modem” and Mesh WiFi system. The top 1Gbps plan pushes this to £59 and gives you a free setup. A VoIP (phone) service also appears to be available. Shorter 12 and 1-month terms also exist, at extra cost.

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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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11 Responses
  1. Jacobean says:

    I do wonder if all these new start-ups will be able to sustain the massive costs of running a Broadband network.

    1. the guy says:

      Maybe, maybe not. Doesn’t matter too much anyway, once the network is in place it’ll just end up being acquired and companies will consolidate.

      Exactly the same thing that happened a few decades ago with cable TV and the reason we have Virgin Media as it is today.

  2. CerealKiller says:

    I suspect there is a wholesale model there that will allow these housebuilders and startups the ability to consume a service and whitelabel.

  3. Ixel says:

    Had an email recently from them stating they plan to do where I am somewhere between the end of this year and early next year. Looking forward to it. I did reply to their email as they asked what ISP I was currently with and such, and I had a question or two for them (e.g. can I purchase or request a block of 8 static IP’s on their home packages) but sadly not had a response. Not urgent though, I can always contact them again when it’s nearer to being live and available.

    1. Maia says:

      It says on their plans page that you can buy Static IPv4 for £10/m per IP. I don’t think they’ll be in a block though.

    2. Joe says:

      They offer more than 1 static IP addresses for their Business Standard packages. As Maia says they do offer 1 static IPv4 for £10pm.

    3. Ixel says:

      I see. Yes I would want a small block, not a single static IPv4. I saw the single static IPv4 option. If a small block of IPv4 is only available for business packages then I may currently be better off staying on OR’s FTTP for now (going by monthly price and that I don’t really need >100Mbps upload).

    4. Lightning Fibre says:

      Hi Ixel, I can’t find an email our end that asks this question, so it possibly didn’t reach us. Please email ask@lightningfibre.co.uk and the team can help. We hope to connect you soon! LF ⚡️

  4. Josh Welby says:

    I wonder how much it costs per month for their 10Gps service – £100 or more
    I suspect

    1. Lightning Fibre says:

      Hi Josh, our 1Gb package costs from £59p/mth, which is proving popular, we don’t currently offer a faster standard package but will add when demand indicates it’s required, the network can certainly deliver it! thanks LF ⚡️

  5. Kristy says:

    When is the rollout to these areas – TN34, 35, 37 and 38 estimated to complete?

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