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New UK ISP WhyFibre Plan FTTP Broadband for South England

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 (11:04 am) - Score 2,880
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Just when you thought there were already enough alternative network (altnet) providers building gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband in the UK, along comes another one in the shape of WhyFibre, which plans to cover “underserved” parts of South England.

The new player in town came to our attention after it put in a request for Code Powers from Ofcom in order to help speed-up the planned deployment of new fibre optic infrastructure and cut costs, not least by reducing the number of licenses needed for street works. It can also help facilitate access to run fibre through Openreach’s existing ducts and poles (PIA).

The application itself doesn’t tell us much, only that they intend to build FTTP around “selected locations” in the South of England and will focus upon “areas that are underserved by other operators, including areas where other operators have no plans or limited plans to serve in the next four years.” Most such applications tend to say the same thing, even if they end up doing a lot of overbuild with gigabit rivals.

The company itself appears to be London-based and was only incorporated on 30th June 2021. On top of that their website, which carries a number of positive customer testimonials (impressive given that we can’t find a live service) and, without any substantiation, claims to offer the “UK’s fastest and most reliable internet service“, states that prices will start at £22 per month for a 100Mbps package and rise to £45 for 900Mbps.

The sole Director of the company is named as Dumitru Ban, who since late 2019 has also been an active Director for both DIBAN CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (12367259) and DIBAN ACADEMY LIMITED (12316285) in Luton. After a bit more digging, we found another string of companies linked to somebody with the name Dumitru Ban in Luton, including Diban Limited (09016088), which seems to do some telecoms related civil engineering work.

Assuming this is the same person, then they appear to have a strong level of history and experience behind them in the market. All of that will come in handy, particularly given the number of full fibre networks that are already deploying across the South of England. Hopefully more details will emerge in the near future.

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6 Responses
  1. Just a thought says:

    “UK’s fastest and most reliable internet service“ does the ASA have anything to say?

    1. Alex says:

      Both claims are just wrong.

      Fastest – Virgin offer 1130mbps, Zzoomm offer 2gbps, CommunityFibre offer 3gbps and B4RN offer 10gbps. That’s just residential connections. Virgin say they are the fastest widely available which is technically correct as the other services have a fairly small area where they are available.

      Most Reliable – Difficult to prove how reliable it is when there are no connections right now to measure. Also going to be difficult to before reliable than the other more experienced operators.

      I do wonder just how many more altnets we will get, there is space for competition but considering how many there is I think many might dissappear or merge soon. WhyFibre say they will service undeserved ares of southern England but I’m not sure how many of those areas there are. The UK telecoms market has moved very quickly, if you want a big foothold you needed to be setup a few years ago, not now.

    2. Dr B says:

      if its places like ascot and sunningdale and maidenhead etc then sure, come on it lol. those places need it for sure.

  2. ' says:

    Whatever they paid for that logo… they need a refund!

  3. GG says:

    Still lots of places not covered. We have tiny pockets of Hyperoptic on 2 new estates here, but no other planned deployments in a dense, affluent town of 25k just NW of the M25. Luckily we have the hyper-reliable VM to fall back on. Sigh.

  4. Dimitri Ban says:

    This is joke
    It must be
    This guy is a crooked shyster

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