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Lightspeed Broadband Reveal New East England Fibre Rollout

Friday, June 18th, 2021 (11:00 am) - Score 2,760
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UK ISP Lightspeed Broadband, which is building a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the East of England region as part of a £300m investment (here), has today unveiled the second wave of build locations that will extend into new parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

The operator, which only started their deployment in April 2021, with an initial team of 100 engineers, plans to cover 100,000 homes and businesses by 2022, and after that they also hold an ambition to reach 1 million UK premises by 2025.

NOTE: Ligthspeed is supported by an initial £55m from an international investment consortium, including AtmosClear Investments and Kompass Kapital. The funding agreement also includes an “opportunity” to raise this up to £300m as work progresses.

The work initially began in around ten locations across South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk (Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, King’s Lynn and South Wootton, Long Sutton, Market Deeping, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford), while the new phase extends this into parts of Suffolk and Essex, as well as some new areas around Norfolk.

Second Wave of Build Locations

Norfolk
Cromer
Dereham
Hunstanton
Sheringham
Thetford

Suffolk
Stowmarket

Essex
Clacton-on-Sea
Frinton-on-Sea
Maldon
Witham

The build in these new areas should get underway sometime this Autumn 2021.

Steve Haines, CEO for Lightspeed Broadband, said:

“We have been moving at ‘light speed’ to deliver our objectives to become a leading regional internet service provider and bring ultra-reliable, futureproof full fibre internet to thousands of homes and businesses across the East of England. Adding ten build locations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to our initial ten in South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk further strengthens our position in the region.

Working closely with stakeholders in each of our locations is very important to us and we want to be open and transparent about our next wave of locations so we can engage with local partners ahead of the build phase this Autumn.”

Lightspeed said they’re on track to connect their first customers to the new gigabit network later this Summer and existing infrastructure is being re-used where possible to speed up the process (i.e. running fibre through Openreach’s existing cable ducts – PIA), thus minimising environmental impact and reducing disruption for residents.

The provider has previously said that they’re also working alongside specialist fibre infrastructure build partners, Plancast and RCU Solutions, to support the rollout.

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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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17 Responses
  1. Damien says:

    They e-mailed me yesterday to say they are building in the first 10 but apart from Boston I see no evidence they are (and that seems to be because others are muscling their way in also in that area) – so I was sort of hoping they would actually build and complete 1 area first.

    Still good to see – will be even better to see when they actually do it

    1. Tony says:

      Some metal mounting brackets have appeared on top of some Openreach poles in Spalding.

    2. A Voice of Reason says:

      A quick look at one.network/uk reveals they are have started and will be all over Spalding in the coming weeks.

    3. ian Cole says:

      Lightspeed have done more in 8 weeks then openreach have done in 3 years, I was quoted £357k for 150 premises, openreach community funded project.

    4. Damien says:

      fair enough all. I just thought they are building in 10 towns at the same time – but it does seem to be places where netomnia are challenging them (Spalding and Boston). I am hoping Quantum will come to Skegness so then Lightspeed might also give a crap there too.

    5. Damien says:

      @Tony – interesting – so they don’t need to dig the road up? In which case they might well be doing around me and I haven’t noticed..

      I only seem to see Netomnia on the maps..

    6. Fastman says:

      ian

      will be interesting to see how many of this 150 you refer to actually get done by lightspeed in the fullness of time (i would assume that some are way off the beaten track or require substantial civils which if that is the case will be challenging for any infrastructure provider

  2. Stephen Johnson says:

    Terrific news, gigabit broadband would revolutionise my business in Sheringham. Been waiting for BT for too long, I wonder if BT have missed the boat or if they will bring forward their build date for the area.

  3. Rob says:

    Unprofessional looking bunch.

  4. Anon says:

    Their website has been down since Friday morning

    1. Damien says:

      I was about to say the same – I can only assume they are updating it with all the network build and stuff.

    2. Ben Haines says:

      They’ve changed the url of their website. No redirect in place though.

      https://www.lightspeed.co.uk/

    3. Mark Jackson says:

      Yes I spotted that too, so the article above has always used the new URL.

    4. Damien says:

      They killed the Broadband bit – how odd – thanks Ben for helping me find it again 🙂

    5. Damien says:

      There is a redirect in as of this morning 🙂

  5. Lee B says:

    Again another provider that’s avoiding installing in the villages of Kelvedon and Feering which are nearby to Witham and Maldon.

    Crumbling Openreach infrastructure needs someone to come in with an alternative product and kick start them in to fixing/replacing the copper network.

    1. Lee B says:

      Good news, looks like Lightspeed have a Phase 2 planned for the Witham and Maldon builds to cover some of the smaller villages in between where other providers haven’t built. Fingers crossed.

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