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Giganet Expand CityFibre FTTP Broadband Reach to 22 UK Cities

Thursday, May 27th, 2021 (8:45 am) - Score 6,504

UK ISP Giganet (M12 Solutions) has today announced that their gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service on CityFibre’s network is being expanded to add another 22 cities and towns, which will bring their total coverage of that platform to 27. The operator has also added some new locations to their own fibre build.

Earlier this month the provider announced a huge investment of £250m with Fern Trading, which will enable them to build their own full fibre network to 300,000 premises across poorly served parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (here). But at the same time the operator will also continue to expand the availability of FTTP via Openreach and CityFibre’s wholesale networks in different parts of the country, to maximise coverage.

NOTE: Giganet has also unbundled some of BT’s exchanges (e.g. Salisbury) in order to offer cheaper FTTP packages to local consumers.

So far, the CityFibre based side of Giganet’s service has already been announced for Portsmouth, Swindon, Reading, Plymouth, Crawley & Horsham, but they’ve today added a further 22 locations including – Bath, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Brighton & Hove, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chatham & Gillingham, Cheltenham & Charlton Kings, Chichester & Arun, Eastbourne, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Maidenhead, Norwich, Peterborough, Poole & Christchurch, Slough, Southend, Weston-super-Mare, Worcester and Worthing.

So far as we can tell, this is the largest single announcement of service availability across CityFibre’s new FTTP broadband network, by any UK ISP, since Vodafone first joined the same platform in 2018. Giganet are also connecting each new area up to their core network via local high-capacity data links.

Giganet CEO, Jarlath Finnegan, said:

“Our latest expansion with CityFibre will allow us to connect more homes than ever across the UK, with honest and straightforward access to the best full fibre broadband. Coupled with our recent £250 million investment project, we’re very proud of the steps Giganet is taking to become one of the country’s leading Internet Service Providers.”

CityFibre is currently investing £4bn as part of their plan to cover 1 million UK premises with an alternative FTTP network by the end of 2021 (over 650,000 have already been reached) and then 8 million premises 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.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“We’re thrilled that Giganet has chosen CityFibre’s networks to support their offer of next generation full fibre broadband to millions of homes across the South.

We are proud to be offering a new, world-class digital infrastructure platform for ISPs that provides them with improved products and economics, and a true competitive advantage. Giganet’s rapid expansion demonstrates the massive potential for new, dynamic and exciting brands to seize the full fibre opportunity.”

Today’s announcement should ultimately enable the ISP to serve more than 1.8 million homes in the South of England with a full fibre service. However, we should point out that other ISPs on CityFibre’s platform (e.g. Zen Internet, TalkTalk, Vodafone etc.) are also gradually expanding their availability as new areas go live, although at present your ISP choices will vary from location to location.

Customers in Giganet’s CityFibre areas will typically pay from just £37 per month for an unlimited 500Mbps (symmetric speed) package on a 12-month contract term, which rises to £40 per month if you want their top 900Mbps package. A free wireless router is included in that price.

Earlier on in this article we also mentioned Giganet’s separate and independent FTTP rollout in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex. Until now we knew that some of the first locations to benefit from that build would include Wimborne, Ferndown, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the communities between (i.e. mostly the Dorset and Hampshire area). But we understand that the village of Henfield (West Sussex), Devizes (Wiltshire) and Tadley (Hampshire) have just been added and should go live in the coming months (nearby communities will also benefit).

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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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22 Responses
  1. Delburt Jon. says:

    I can’t understand why any business would go to the expense and disruption of laying cable when no loss non line of sight wireless from Tarana Wireless is available. The reliability is 100% cost savings are 80-90% and speeds up to 700 Mbps. Super quick to deploy, relocate and install. One BN can connect to 512 properties over a 90° arc.
    It is crazy digging up the street for cable.

    1. MikeP says:

      No-one’s laying cable. This is fibre optic. Fibre is a long-term investment. Laying it future-proofs for 30+ years. It can deliver enough bandwidth to (hopefully) cover demand over that sort of period or more.
      Radio, with a limit of 700Mbps today, not so much. Does it have a roadmap to deliver 3-4 orders of magnitude increase in bandwidth? I doubt it. Fibre has – indeed it can today.

    2. Mark Jackson says:

      I’ve not heard the ISP name Tarana Wireless in the UK before, perhaps you’re thinking of a different country?

    3. Jamie says:

      Getting a wireless signal all the way from California, what is this magic?

    4. Feejus says:

      There are many constrains with wireless signal which FTTP does not have. Take Ping time or Jitter. I am sure time will eliminate some of these constrains, but it will never be as reliable as FTTP. Just look at the coverage for Mobile connection. It is 2021 and I still have not 100% coverage when i drive from High Wycombe to Aylesbury. Several times the connection drops.

      I doubt I would want that while I am on conference call with client or demoing. It would be a nightmare.

    5. Barry says:

      They used to do nlos ptp 5ghz – very cool radio indeed. It worked really well in dense environments but given backhaul growth forecasts over next 10 years it will run out of steam unfortunately. If you need something now to bend round corners I found it a handy part of the toolkit.

    6. Mark says:

      A lot of the fibre is already layed and dormant and just being coupled up.

      As for wireless it can never be as fast or reliable as a dedicated fibre line current speeds maybe only 1gigabit but is capable of speeds far faster than that.

    7. Steve says:

      Well I live in woolston 5 mins away from the town centre of Southampton.So19. 200m away there have fibre.Thats the top of my road.. why can’t a big town like here..So why is my road not cover… arrrr

  2. Feejus says:

    Mark maybe you can expand and be able to answer my question. I am truly puzzled, as why Cambridge, Slough etc are getting further FTTP rollout. The reason for that is in areas where there are already providers, it seems to me that they attract more provides, while in areas where it has not been touched, there is no investment. For example in Bucks, Aylesbury, High Wycombe or Beaconsfield has not been touched. While Cambridge seems to have all FTTP provides digging up and putting down fiber cables all over the place.

    This approach is truly surprising for me at least. Is there a explanation for this?

    1. Josh says:

      I believe in Cambridge as your example they are offering their service on city fibre’s network rather than putting their own network in.

  3. HooWoo says:

    Another ISP via CityFibre expansion except for viewers in Scotland!

    1. James™ says:

      Scotland is left behind as usual unfortunately

  4. Doug says:

    Once again the areas outside of Portsmouth are forgotten. I see no provider looking to supply Fareham, Locks Heath, Gosport etc. Any reason time and time again these areas are left out?

    1. Craig says:

      Cost benefit is likely poor in those areas, they are businesses, not there to cover all customers, only profitable ones. In order to turn off the copper, Openreach will eventually make it to you, as that’s getting government funding for less profitable deployment, though probably not enough.

  5. Simon says:

    Just somebody, anybody to start deploying FTTP to towns in West Wiltshire. Trowbridge, Westbury and Warminster aren’t seeing a sniff of anything unless it’s a new build estate. There’s nothing on Openreach timetable for the next 3 years at least.

    Very frustrating indeed!

    1. Dan M says:

      Same with Tidworth. Nothing.

      CityFibre are the closest I’ve seen to coming even vaguely close.

    2. John says:

      No, but at least all those areas are covered by VM so decent speeds are available

    3. Simon says:

      The (my) problem is with VM is rightly or wrongly I just don’t trust them enough to supply a reliable service. In all the time I’ve have FTTC here in Westbury I think I can count on one hand the amount of outages that’s occurred.

      I’m quite sure the same couldn’t be said for VM….

    4. Nofttphere says:

      Nothing in Frome either. The only offering is vm if you are in a vm
      area. I am not and been here 13 years … no sign of fttp any tine soon…

    5. Dan M says:

      @John – VM coverage is patchy, it covers half of estate in which I live but not MY half. I’m stuck with FTTC which can only manage 25mbps seeing as the cab is so damn far away.

      This is a new build estate too which they are still yet to finish!

  6. Josh says:

    Same with North West London, except for South Kenton who luckily have BT Openreach already

    I am going down the Community Fibre route with them at present

  7. Paul says:

    Woohoo, finally coming to our little town!!

    Finally be able to ditch the leased line.

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