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ISP Grain Adds Cleethorpes to UK FTTP 1Gb Broadband Rollout

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 (7:42 am) - Score 384
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Broadband ISP Grain has just added the North East Lincolnshire (England) seaside town of Cleethorpes to their rollout plan for a new 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which looks set to form part of their wider goal of covering 300,000 UK premises by the end of 2026.

At present Grain, which was recently boosted by a £75 million equity investment from Equitix (here), has already revealed network expansion plans for parts of Leicester, Liverpool, Accrington, Grimsby, Scarborough, Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Hartlepool, Newport, Sunderland and Blackburn, among others.

The latest town to be added today is Cleethorpes, which is no surprise given their existing plan for neighbouring Grimsby. Some of the first streets due to be connected in Phase One will include those around Lovett Street and Tiverton Street, and will add Park View, Grimsby Road and Lestrange Street, with plans to expand to “thousands more homes in the coming months“. Sadly, they don’t provide a clear timescale for this rollout or indicate exactly how many premises will be passed.

New customers can expect to pay from just £25 per month for a symmetric speed 50Mbps package, which goes up to £55 for their top 900Mbps plan. All of these packages come with an 18-month minimum contract term, unlimited usage, free installation and a router. The provider also pledges “no in-contract price rises.”

However, it’s perhaps fair to say that some of Grain’s recent rollout announcements have been in towns that looked set to be aggressively competitive due to the presence of several rivals, although Cleethorpes appears to be a much more viable location.

Despite KCOM and InternetTY having their own FTTP builds in the county, neither has yet named Cleethorpes for their respective deployment plans and Openreach also appears to have shunned the area (i.e. it doesn’t appear on their rollout plan yet, but they do have a few small pockets of FTTP nearby and have named Grimsby). As such, Grain’s only major gigabit-capable competitor will be Virgin Media and the area looks as if it could support two such players.

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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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4 Responses
  1. Billy Nomates says:

    Maybe I should move back up north. They seem to have better connectivity than most of the south unless you live in rich people city , er i mean London

    1. grimreaper says:

      Not really – just North of the Midlands in a Small Town we have no Alt nets, no Virgin Media and 4G speeds which makes around 3 Mbps on a good day from all networks. The local demi-god whom everybody worships is also a very vocal anti 5G campaigner too with about 70% of the town backing her, so I don’t expect to see 5G arrive either – not in this lifetime. Houses sell for around £120k though, so you are welcome to move to Grass-is-Greener – assuming you don’t mind a minimum wage job because that is all we can offer too……….

  2. alsenior says:

    It should also be noted that a number of streets in the phase 1 area don’t even have access to FTTC at all. your only choice if you want fast internet is Virgin Media.

  3. Philip says:

    Yet the surrounding villages still remain stuck on ADSL or if you’re lucky the ever price increasing Virgin. Are Grain still locking down their routers? I’d avoid them for that reason alone if they ever make it further out to the villages that span miles between Grimsby and Louth.

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