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ISP Lit Fibre Goes Live with Gigabit Broadband in Wiltshire UK

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 (9:00 am) - Score 2,112
Lit Fibre Engineers Working Near Pavement Chamber

Lit Fibre (formerly Broadreach Networks), which aims to deploy a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to reach 500,000 UK homes by 2026, is now connecting their first customers in Wiltshire (England) and today confirmed that two towns – Cirencester and Bishop’s Stortford – will be the next to benefit.

Back in March 2021 we revealed that work to build Lit Fibre’s new network, which is currently targetting small to medium-sized towns, was already underway around Corsham and Chippenham. Since then their first customer connections have gone live, and they’re now targeting an expansion into Cirencester (Gloucestershire) and Bishop’s Stortford (Hertfordshire).

NOTE: The provider is partly supported by an unspecified equity investment from Newlight Partners LP.

The operator’s network is currently live in the Monkton Park area of Chippenham, while the remainder of the town is due to go live over the “coming months.” As for their new deployment in Cirencester and Bishop’s Stortford, Lit Fibre said that civil engineering had already begun, and the first services are expected to start going live in “late 2021“.

Residential customers on their network typically pay from £28 per month on a 12-month term (£30 thereafter) for their unlimited 100Mbps package, which includes a free installation, symmetric speeds and a Wi-Fi 6 router. After that it’s £42 per month (£45 thereafter) for 500Mbps and £60 per month (£65 thereafter) for 1Gbps (900Mbps average). The current discount is due to end on 31st October 2021.

The provider’s CEO, Tom Williams, is also a familiar name to some as he is the former COO of Hyperoptic (until January 2019). Prior to that, he was also the MD of BE Unlimited and the head of O2 UK’s unbundled copper broadband and phone rollout, which gives him a fair bit of experience in this field.

Tom Williams, CEO of Lit Fibre, said:

“We’re really pleased to announce our deployment in Bishop’s Stortford and Cirencester. We’ve focused on accelerating our deployment teams so that we can bring better broadband to more homes that desperately need upgrading to full-fibre. There is such a reliance on good connectivity in the home now, that we’re seeing high levels of demand for these services.

Our experienced team know the importance of delivering a high quality, reliable and consistent network, and now we’re well underway in two more towns, we’re building a network that can improve the experience for many more people.”

The biggest difficulty for Lit Fibre is that they seem to be deploying into areas where gigabit-broadband rivals are also keen to play. For example, Openreach have a few patches of FTTP in both Corsham and Chippenham, while Virgin Media covers a sizeable chunk of Chippenham and Gigaclear are also busy deploying around much of the same area. Netomnia (YouFibre) also have plans for Chippenham.

The newly announced town of Cirencester suffers from a similar problem, with Gigaclear being active with a new build right across the town and Netomnia (YouFibre) planning to deploy there too. Openreach have also deployed some FTTP into the same town. Suffice to say that it will be much harder for Lit Fibre to make a viable model for this area.

As for the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford, that is already well covered by Virgin Media’s network and Openreach has a fair chunk of FTTP in the same area, while Hyperoptic and OFNL are separately also present in a small section of the area. We should add that Gigaclear’s network surrounds much of this town, but has yet to enter it.

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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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12 Responses
  1. cirencester says:

    since when was cirencester in wiltshire. andrew at TB should do a trawl of the litfibre locations in Chippenham for openreach availability.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Sorry, should be Gloucestershire. Was the end of a long day when I prepped that one.

  2. cheesemp says:

    I’ll say it before someone else does but yay more overbuild!

    1. JJ says:

      They’ve been added to TB. Doesnt look like any other providers are present where they’ve gone live in Chippenham

    2. chippenham says:

      JJ wrong openreach are there just not on tb map.

    3. JJ says:

      @chippenham I see what you mean now. No-one should be building where Openreach are building! Got it

    4. Andrew Ferguson says:

      Map is always a few days behind the checkers – i.e. takes time to render the postcodes covering 5 million plus postcodes

      Will start a run tonight for Openreach FTTP

    5. andrew@farina1.com says:

      Openreach map has had an update just now

  3. Dan says:

    Does anyone know what parts of Chippenham is going to be covered? As about 3 months ago now complete telecom installed fibre into the BT ducts outside my house but I have not been able to find out who the fibre is for,I did email lit fibre to ask but they said they where unable to tell me.

    1. Adam says:

      more than likely OR fibre.

    2. Steve says:

      Hi Dan, not sure why no one replied to you, but drop me an email with your address and I’ll see if I can help.
      Steve.holford@litfibre.com

  4. Mark Scott says:

    Virgin does not cover “a sizeable chunk” of Chippenham. They have a couple of estates off Hungerdown Lane.

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