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Lightning Fibre Build FTTP Broadband to Heathfield and Hailsham

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 (3:15 pm) - Score 1,152
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Broadband ISP Lightning Fibre, which is working to rollout a new gigabit-capable UK Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network for 100,000 premises across parts of East Sussex, has today announced that 14,000 additional homes and businesses in Heathfield and Hailsham will be the next to benefit.

The operator, which is being supported by private equity firm Foresight (here), officially began their network build in the Eastbourne area of East Sussex during 2019 (here) and they’ve recently also started work to cover 45,000 premises in the coastal town of Hastings.

The good news is that those locations are about to be joined by the smaller market town of Heathfield and the large civil parish of Hailsham.

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

“We understand that poor connectivity really frustrates people in Heathfield and Hailsham, so we’ve decided to level up both towns by extending our brand new, dedicated fibre optic network to give these communities the connectivity they deserve.”

Residential customers who join the service pay from £29 per month for an unlimited 100Mbps symmetric speed 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 exist too, albeit 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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4 Responses
  1. Peach says:

    Hailsham is covered by Openreach FTTP – it’s amazing these places are getting 2 FTTP options

    1. Ryan says:

      It is. And I’m happy that the rollout across the UK is gaining traction all the time. Of course i’m totally jealous that it’s not coming my way. The options here are basically Virgin Media or super slow VDSL.

      I suppose some have it even worse than I do. But Openreach announced my tiny town would start building “within 3 months” back in December. Well that has long gone, the contractors website doesn’t even work, openreach are more tight lipped than a mafioso and nothing has happened.

      Fibre is a dream I probably won’t see until I’m retired and don’t need.

  2. Oliver says:

    I know (sarcasm) lets ignore the parts of Eastbourne that can’t get decent speeds and just move right onto Hailsham and Heathfield.

    I’ve got a Starlink due to arrive in the next few days and they, BT and CityFibre can all go and #%*% for ignoring customers who need faster connections now and who have the nearest cabinet over 1.5km away.

    1. Mark W says:

      I’m already using Starlink. I get between 150 and 300mbps and 20-30ms ping. My area is also completely ignored. It’s gonna be years before anything better comes here. I’m quite happy with Starlink.

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