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Air Broadband Expands CityFibre FTTP Coverage to 10 UK Cities

Monday, June 28th, 2021 (2:38 pm) - Score 2,304
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UK ISP Air Broadband has announced that their gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service on CityFibre’s network has now become available to homes and businesses in a further 10 of their cities and towns, such as Solihull, Gloucester and Cheltenham among others.

As most people know CityFibre are currently investing £4bn to cover 1 million UK premises with their 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 8m target aims to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025, and they may yet extend it to 10m premises (here).

The new network is being supported by various ISPs, such as Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband), TalkTalk, Zen Internet, Giganet and others, but they aren’t all live or available in every location yet. For its part, Air Broadband went live on this network in parts of Ipswich, Cambridge, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds earlier this year.

The good news is that, thanks to strong consumer take-up and demand, Air Broadband are now expanding their availability to include people in Solihull, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Chester, Worcester, Preston, Blackpool, Derby, Norwich and Nottingham “over the coming months.”

Andrew Glover, CEO of Air Broadband, said:

“Air Broadband is pleased that our recently launched broadband services, powered by the CityFibre network, in Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Ipswich and Lowestoft have been well received with our customers.

They appreciate that Air Broadband is an approachable company that provides very high levels of customer service.

Building on our success, we are delighted to announce that we are providing these services to a further ten towns and cities across the UK. It is a significant step in the development of Air Broadband and demonstrates our commitment to becoming a leading ISP within the fibre broadband market.”

Customers on related packages tend to pay from £28 per month for an unlimited 200Mbps (symmetric speed) package on an 18-month term, which rises to £45 for their top gigabit tier. A customer activation charge of £40 and router delivery fee of £6.50 is also applicable.

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4 Responses
  1. Jason Smith says:

    What’s the air broadband peering like? I can’t seem to find them listed on peeringdb.com? Do they offer a static IP?

    1. Stuart says:

      What does ‘good’ look like on peeringdb.com?

      I’m in a Cityfibre region where the only game in town is ‘Pure Broadband’… but can’t seem to find many speed tests or details. They do show up on peeringdb.com though, with 10G to LINX LON1 and 1G to LON2…

    2. Air Broadband says:

      As Stuart says we have peering with LINX and shortly LONAP and direct peers with most of the major providers (Apple, BBC etc). Internal latency is <4ms. CityFibre FEX sites are directly connected back to Telehouse or Harbour Exchange.

      We are happy to provide public IP (for a small charge) for valid reasons – we have to justify these to RIPE.

    3. Blueacid says:

      For those looking for their peering, Air Broadband (AS204269) only has one upstream, Bridge Fibre (AS51055) – source: https://bgp.he.net/AS204269#_graph6

      Bridge Fibre does have peering at LINX: https://www.peeringdb.com/net/8027

      Hope that helps!

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