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Netomnia and Light Source Target 1 Million UK Homes for FTTP Broadband

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 (2:51 pm) - Score 3,048
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Full fibre network builder Netomnia (YouFibre) has today announced that they’ve entered into a new partnership with infrastructure developer Light Source, which will see the pair work together in order to deploy a 10Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network (XGS-PON) to 1 million UK premises by 2024.

Founded in 2019 by Jeremy Chelot (ex-CEO of CommunityFibre) and joined in 2020 by Wil Wadsworth (ex-FD of Gigaclear), Netomnia has most recently been helping to conduct the infrastructure deployment for full fibre ISP YouFibre, which started last year in the small Durham (England) town of Peterlee. Jeremy is also one of YouFibre’s founders.

However, today’s announcement reveals that Netomnia and Light Source are also engaged in advanced construction work in the Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham as part of a £28m investment, which is expected to reach 70,000 premises (homes and businesses).

On top of that the Netomnia site mentions another Durham deployment for the town of Spennymoor, which is already said to be partly live like Peterlee. Apparently, more locations are planned to start during 2021 and the network will also be open access (i.e. available via wholesale to other ISPs).

Wil Wadsworth, Netomnia CFO, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the talented team at Light Source, who are just as passionate as we are about building mission-critical digital infrastructure the UK so desparately needs. Full fibre is vital to the development of the UK economy, and recent times have proven the crucial role that good, reliable connectivity plays in enabling communities and businesses to thrive.”

Steven Hill, Light Source Managing Director, said:

“My team and I are delighted to have secured this exciting new partnership to deliver a future-ready, full-fibre network for Cheltenham. With demand so high at the moment, it is key to me that our organisation selects partners with similar principles, and from our very early conversations with the team at Netomnia, it was quite clear to me that we have parallel ambition, values and culture.”

All of this sounds like very good news, although we do recall that Netomnia originally aspired to cover 1 million premises by the end of 2022, before rising to 3 million by 2025, which is clearly a bit different from the new target. We further note that a number of other FTTP builders, such as Cityfibre and Exascale, also have plans to deploy into the Cheltenham area and that will no doubt add some competitive pressures to their plan.

Otherwise, the first customers are expected to go live around Cheltenham this summer 2021. Customers can expect to pay from £20 per month (discounted from £22) on a 12-month term for their unlimited 50Mbps package, which rises to £30 (discounted from £50) if you want their top 900Mbps plan. This is very cheap and clearly intended to help grow take-up.

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Anna says:

    Tenant I have in Peterlee can’t even afford full rent – if they get this I will evict them for being a scumbag

    1. Avatar Christine Watson says:

      Netomania have started to erect hideous 12 metre high wooden poles in our street as preparation for the new Youfibre broadband installation. No consultation was carried out with the residents and when asked whether the wires would all be underground a company employee said categorically that this would be the case . We are all flabbergasted at the height and general appearance of the poles and are trying to find how this operation can be stopped . Apparently planning permission is not required ?

  2. Avatar Keith mollon says:

    I’ve just come back in my house to find post placed outside my house, no consultation too… Disgraceful, can someone from the company please reply!!!

  3. Avatar Laura says:

    Netomnia, have tried to put 3 of these pole’s up in Bywell drive this week, we chased them and have contacted if local MP,

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