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FullFibre Ltd List 19 New Towns in England for FTTP Broadband

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 (8:41 am) - Score 12,096
Full Fibre Limited Engineers in Street Chamber

Network builder FullFibre Limited has today named the next batch of 19 towns in England to benefit from their rollout of a new gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network, which recently hit a build rate of 15,000 UK premises per month and aims to cover “at least” 500,000 premises by 2025.

The operator, which runs its network as a wholesale platform via Fibre Heroes for other UK ISPs to harness (i.e. consumers should visit that site to check for coverage), initially started their rollout in Leominster (Fastershire project), Ivybridge and South Hams during 2019. But in March 2021 they unveiled deployments for 11 additional UK towns (here) and then a further 13 in September 2021 (here).

NOTE: FullFibre Limited is being backed by multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment fund Basalt, which owns a majority interest in the company.

By comparison, today’s announcement adds a further 19 towns. As a result, the operator are now building to over 320,000 premises across 10 English counties. One of the biggest additions this time around is Evesham in Worcestershire, which will see almost 22,000 premises being put within reach of FTTP and work is due to begin in November 2021.

Not only will “100% of the premises in Evesham” be provided with the opportunity to access a gigabit capable FTTP connection, but the same connectivity will also be extended to the surrounding communities of Broadway, Honeybourne, Badsey, Bretforton, Offenham and the Littletons.

The 19 New Towns
Evesham, Malvern, Pershore, Cookley and Wychbold (Worcestershire)
Alcester & Bidford on Avon (Warwickshire)
Bourton on the Water and Newent (Gloucestershire)
Bromyard (Herefordshire)
Kinver (Staffordshire)
Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ellesmere, Broseley, St Martins, Weston Rhyn and Whittington (Shropshire)

Many of these deployments will, from start to finish, take around 12-months to complete in order to reach the majority of premises, but some areas may need longer.

Oliver Helm, CEO of FullFibre Ltd, told ISPreview.co.uk:

“Our focus on building high quality fibre networks at pace means we are expanding at one of the quickest rates in the industry. This latest investment from our board pays testament to the progress we have made within our two initial regions. Our build teams comprised of a mix of highly committed direct labour and quality local sub-contractors have made huge strides in recent months and this has given us the ability to commit to more towns and offering a full fibre future to places that would otherwise be left behind.”

The operator tends to focus on “reaching areas that have been left wanting from previous internet infrastructure builds“, across locations spanning between 1,000 and 40,000 premises. However, it should be said that some of the towns they’re targeting may have already been reached, or are due to be reached, by gigabit-capable networks from rivals (e.g. Openreach, Virgin Media etc.).

Nevertheless, FullFibre Limited have built themselves into a truly credibly alternative network and are now starting to build at quite an impressive pace. As a result they join a growing club of AltNets (e.g. CityFibre, Trooli, G.Network, Gigaclear, B4RN, CommunityFibre, Hyperoptic and many more) that are beginning to stamp their own mark on the UK fibre market and are managing to rise above smaller scale operations.

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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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18 Responses
  1. paul says:

    never heard of any of them

    1. Buggerlugz says:

      All the towns in the home-counties? Who’d have thought it eh!

    2. Bob-de-Builder says:

      Buggerlugz, since when has Worcestershire been regarded as being located in the ‘Home Counties”?

  2. A different Paul says:

    The AltNet rollout is becoming a bit of a farce.
    They all make announcements that won’t or cannot be fulfilled for 5 years.

    CityFibre announced they will rollout to Phase2 areas and now, nobody else will touch those areas. But CityFibre will silently drop such areas so realistically means nobody will ever cover them.

    CityFibre say they will use local contractors to do local work, to save money paying for hotels for the workforce and travel presumably. Fair enough.

    This means there is NO REASON why they cannot start working on ALL areas simultaneousl right now?

    But instead they choose to ‘blag’ vast areas of geography but only work on 1% of it.

    They are therefore causing more damage to consumer rollouts than solutions.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      The vast.. majority of CityFibre’s rollout is currently in urban areas, where they are often competing with established gigabit solutions from Virgin Media, Openreach and others. So I’m not sure how relevant the “nobody else will touch those areas” remarks are. Over the next few years’ you will see 3-4 gigabit networks in many busy urban areas.

      CityFibre say they will use local contractors to do local work, to save money paying for hotels for the workforce and travel presumably. Fair enough. This means there is NO REASON why they cannot start working on ALL areas simultaneously right now?

      Why should that assumption be the case? Once you decide to build in an area (assuming you’ve got the investment confirmed first), it then takes months of planning, then you have to find contractor(s) with enough resources and skills to support your build for the right price. You also have to secure wayleaves and so forth. None of this is a quick process, and it varies from place to place. Remember, lots of other operators are vying for those same engineers.

      But this is an article about FullFibre Ltd, not CityFibre, so let’s not confuse the two.

  3. Richard says:

    Great! as I run a business in Bromyard where do I sign up to apply for fibre when it becomes avaialble. Or does my current provider do this?

    1. Paul says:

      Just a thought, but have you tried their website? Just google full fibre ltd.

  4. anon67884 says:

    Nice to see some more towns planned for Worcestershire (FTTP).

    A shame that no providers have announced plans for Kidderminster or Bewdley, still. FML 😛

    1. Rob says:

      Bewdley and Kidderminster are both in Openreach roll out plans. dates TBC (by Dec 2026…).
      Although Kidderminster was only added yesterday 🙂

  5. Ex Telecom Engineer says:

    I wonder how many customers these Altnets need to connect up to break even; And the effect from the Openreach Equinox deal in discouraging ISP’s from migrating over to the new networks.
    As well as the provisioning cost for building the networks, including “headend’s”/offices, they’ll have ongoing operational costs associated with running a NOC, customer services, Engineering functions, leased backhaul, etc, etc.
    Unless the Altnets can grow their customer bases at breakneck speed, they’ll leak cash like a sieve and soon feel the financial strain, with many buckling I expect. The other issue is that BT are projecting £2 Billion in annual cost savings from 2025 onwards; Add in BT’s profits, from other parts of the business, and I don’t see the competition being able to compete on price. It seems clear that BT/Openreach’s scale will mean lower operating costs and therefore the ability to undercut the competition, assuming Ofcom don’t interfere.

    1. NE555 says:

      Yes, many of these altnets will fail. But from the consumer’s point of view it doesn’t matter: enjoy the service when it arrives, and when they go bust the infrastructure will be bought out.

      Something similar happened with cable TV companies in the 90’s, which eventually got hoovered up to form Virgin Media.

      Many of the altnets rent Openreach’s ducts and poles, so OR benefits either way.

      BT profits: not so clear cut. Don’t forget the costs of the TV/sport content deals, and the pension liabilities.

  6. Phil says:

    Good to hear Broseley are rolling out as one of my old school mate live there as their broadband still struggle at 8Meg ADSL.

  7. Matt says:

    It’s funny the only full fiber hear is hyper optics and thay still haven’t moved progress at all aparnetly there site is saying there surveying my building to find best entry point but this could take years for it even move on from that it’s a joke and then you got all the alt nets builting over each other then you got virgin that says all there existing lines will be converted to full fiber by 2028 I’m getting older you know virgin Iv only just got the 1gbps 1 harf month ago and bt are quoting my area for aprill 2024 latest so I will be joining whoever gets hear 1st but its still to slow this should have been done along time ago

    1. A says:

      Hyperoptic are surprisingly useless at expanding their network. Others have found them to be not very good at communicating with building managers and taking months to install.

    2. anonymous says:

      The humanity.

  8. Clara Young says:

    Looks like my area in paignton is still sol.

    Got 70 houses up here with more going up and we cant get jack.

    I litterally have to rely on 4G.

    BT couldnt even get me 2GPS, and the upload is bearly 100kb.

    Its a sad state when the landline is out perfomed by 4G :/

  9. James says:

    It seems difficult to find anymore information out about these guys. The only information they link to is these articles.

  10. Lauren Stephenson says:

    Will Broadway worcestershire be on the list ?

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