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Fibrus FTTP Broadband Build in N.Ireland Tops 58,000 Premises

Monday, August 16th, 2021 (3:02 pm) - Score 1,464
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Infracapital backed UK ISP Fibrus has today announced that their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in Northern Ireland has now passed 58,000 premises, which reflects progress under both their commercial rollout and the £165m (public funding) Project Stratum (here) contract.

The company has so far committed a total private investment of £350m to support their deployments in NI, which includes some match-funding with the Project Stratum build. The latter contract requires them to cover more than 76,000 extra premises across some of the hardest to reach areas in Northern Ireland (e.g. rural) by the end of 2025.

NOTE: Infracapital also owns or has stakes in Gigaclear, Ogi (Spectrum Internet), Neos Networks and WightFibre etc.

At their current rate of progress, they should have covered around 100,000 premises by the end of 2021. On top of that, they’ve also started to build across England, starting with their plan to cover 300,000 premises in “118 regional towns” across parts of Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire by the end of 2024 (here).

Fibrus Chief Executive, Dominic Kearns said:

“Over the last 12 months, Fibrus has travelled the length and breadth of Northern Ireland, meeting with local communities and introducing our hyperfast full fibre network to their areas. We understand the transformative impact our work has on every home and business owner we connect, so we are delighted to have reached this major milestone and have passed just over 58,000 premises in such a short period of time. Today our build rate is over 14km of cable every day – a phenomenal run rate for a company like ours which is still scaling up.

We are incredibly proud of all our people and teams, those in the office, those working from home and those on the ground, that are improving people lives by delivering this project. It is their commitment to delivering the vision of this company that has enabled us to reach communities that until now have been left in the digital wilderness.”

We’re well on our way to delivering to over 40% of the homes and businesses in NI, and with the cities and major towns being delivered by others, we believe NI will be the first region on these islands to have 100% coverage of full fibre broadband. We are committed to helping achieve this.”

Customers of the provider typically pay from £39.99 per month (currently discounted to £19.99) for an unlimited 150Mbps package with a router and free installation, which rises to £84.99 per month for their top 1000Mbps tier. We believe these are on 24-month contract terms.

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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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8 Responses
  1. Philip Cooper says:

    Anyone on here using Fibrus ? I know they had capacity issues a while ago and had to limit their speeds to a 100 Meg in certain areas. What is it like now? They are coming to my area in spring/summer next year, hopefully by then any problems will have been solved.

    1. John jones says:

      I’m with fibrus and to be fair it was good for 4 to 5 months. I signed up for there 1 gig package which they could not provide. So they give me 350mbps for the price of the 300 package. Which like I said was good. Up till friday the 13th where They had planned maintenance. Its now the 5th day me and neighbours still have no service. I was told by there support I need a new router installed. But I don’t as I pay extra for a static ip and a gigapoint ont PPPoE.

  2. Matthew says:

    They are deploying to my area by November really looking forward to it. I just hope the capacity issues they had last year are sorted. Very hard to find much info online in terms of in-depth reviews though. Anyone know what router etc they use?

    1. John jones says:

      They use the calix gigacenter router don’t know if they have changed it. If you want to use your own router you must pay for a static ip address to get there calix gigapoint.

  3. John jones says:

    You can use your own router with the calix gigacenter ONU. If you want PPPoE details for your own router you need to take a static ip address and you get the gigapoint ONT.

  4. Mk says:

    Facebook fibrus user group

  5. Loloagogo says:

    They have switched to Nokia kit for new customers and are upgrading some areas to Nokia and replacing the Calix routers.
    In the towns the contracts are 12 Mths and in rural areas its 24 Mths.

    1. John jones says:

      Yes I was told this that they where going to install a Nokia Q010 router. I pay to use there ONT with PPPoE details to use my own router which wasn’t cheap. I’m in the Ballynahinch area me and my 2 neighbours have been out since Friday. A fella across the street is up and I know at least another 10 people in the Ballynahinch area who is back up. All using the calix gigacenter ONU. Have been given no information

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