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ISP TalkTalk UK Extend 506Mbps FTTP Broadband to Ipswich

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 (1:04 pm) - Score 2,304
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Budget UK ISP TalkTalk has today announced that their new CityFibre and Openreach based ‘Future Fibre‘ packages, which offer average top speeds of up to 506Mbps via Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology, have now become available to homes in the Suffolk (England) town of Ipswich.

CityFibre are currently investing £4bn to cover around 1 million UK premises with their alternative FTTP network by the end of 2021 (650,000 have already completed), which will then rise to 8 million across 285 cities, towns and villages – c.30% of the UK (here). The latter target is expected to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025. Meanwhile, Openreach plan to cover 20 million premises by 2025-30 (4.5 million are already completed).

NOTE: CF are investing £24m to complete their deployment in Ipswich by the autumn of 2022 – supported by civil engineering partner VolkerSmart Technologies.

Earlier this year TalkTalk, which has a wholesale agreement with both CF and Openreach, began to extend the CF side of their ‘Future Fibre‘ package into some aforementioned network areas, including Aberdeen, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Adur and Worthing. Today they’ve extended this again to include Ipswich. Openreach also has some coverage in Ipswich, but it’s very limited.

The interesting thing about today’s news is that TalkTalk seem to be happy to take FTTP from either CF or Openreach in the same town, whereas before it seemed like they’d only choose one or the other for each location (depending upon availability). At the moment this isn’t such a problem because both operators have largely avoided each other, but future overbuild may challenge that (we’d assume TT would preference CF’s affordability).

Charles Kitchin, City Manager for CityFibre in Ipswich, said:

“We are delighted to be working with TalkTalk to offer people the opportunity to access the full fibre network we have been building in Ipswich. We have made real strides in bringing state-of-the-art digital connectivity to homes since beginning our build and look forward to even more homes having access to fast and reliable digital connectivity in the future.”

Keiran Wines, Openreach’s Regional Partnership Director, said:

“We’re proud to be supporting TalkTalk with access to our network. Openreach is the UK’s largest broadband infrastructure provider with millions of households and businesses using our infrastructure every day. No-one else is building full fibre faster than us; 42,000 premises each week and we’ve just reached 4.5 million in total.”

Prices tend to start at £32 per month for 150Mbps (symmetric) on an 18-month term (plus £4.95 postage) or £40 per month for 500Mbps (the pricing between Openreach and CF is currently aligned), although you’ll get slower upload speeds on the Openreach side.

By around the end of this year we’d expect TalkTalk to become available across the whole of CityFibre’s network and the same goes for other ISPs.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar Rich says:

    Wish the Ipswich rollout would hurry up and reach me. I have dumped VM due to…. issues…. and am not-so-patiently waiting on Zen FTTC for CF.

    They seem to be digging up all the streets around me, and have even put pavement markings to my attached (semi-detached building) next door neighbour’s gate, but nothing for me. Said next door neighbour is, despite being attached to me, on the other street by address as we’re on the corner.

    1. Avatar Alex says:

      Similar situation to me in Ipswich aswell, Cityfibre did half on our street then just disappeared. Contacted them and said they cannot do it due to “changing design” probably means it costed more to do it further. So don’t rely on them as they only do easier streets that deem profitable for them. I’m near the center keep in mind.

    2. Avatar Connor says:

      I’ve also been waiting round for City Fibre, right now they’re only just round the corner but the closest cable run is serving a new build estate that already has BT FTTP.

  2. Avatar Matt says:

    Why is 1 gigabit option not available? Or is it talk talk just being talk talk and they are not able to support it?

    1. Avatar Kit says:

      1 Gig FTTP is already being sold by TT Business, only a matter of time before Residential start offering this as well.

    2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Yes it’s currently £59.99 +vat per month on TTB (£69.99 after 24 months). As for TT, I imagine they’re being careful about the cost of supporting the 1Gbps tier as a residential product, while also using it as part of ongoing negotiations with Openreach:

      https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2021/04/openreach-restart-big-uk-isp-talks-for-cheaper-fttp-broadband.html

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