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Netomnia Extends UK Gigabit Broadband Rollout into Scotland

Sunday, January 16th, 2022 (12:01 am) - Score 1,440
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Netomnia, which is currently building a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to cover 1 million UK homes and businesses by the end of 2023 (here), has now started to expand their network into various parts of Scotland (mostly including areas between Glasgow and Edinburgh).

At present the operator, which recently secured £123m of funding (here), has so far covered around 90,000 premises across a number of towns in England and Wales, including Ashford, Barrow-in-Furness, Boston, Bridgend (Wales), Canterbury, Cheltenham, Durham, Houghton le Spring, Kings Lynn, Peterlee, Spalding, Spennymoor, Stockton, Stroud, and Wisbech.

NOTE: Netomnia’s existing rollout locations reflect a total of over 500,000 premises and c.£150m of planned investment.

However, several of our readers (Credits to Blake and Mike) recently spotted that they’d also started to list several areas in Scotland, starting with a £12m project to cover 40,000 premises (homes and businesses) in South Lanarkshire’s largest town of East Kilbride. We should point out that both Virgin Media and Openreach (FTTP) have already built a fair bit of gigabit-capable broadband in the town, with Hyperoptic and OFNL also doing a tiny bit.

On top of that, their public rollout map has also started listing a number of other “live” and “in progress” communities across Scotland, such as in or around parts of Irvine, Hamilton, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Falkirk and Livingston. In addition, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Dalkeith are all named as being on their “to do” list.

The service itself is typically supplied to consumers via UK ISP partner YouFibre, which offers unlimited usage, symmetrical speeds, a Wi-Fi router, free installation and 24/7 UK based support. Customers then pay from £22 per month on an 18-month term for their unlimited 50Mbps package, which rises to £40 if you want their top 900Mbps plan. At present, there’s also a special offer that gives the first 3 months of service for free.

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13 Responses
  1. GaryH says:

    So long as they’re receiving no public subsidies they’re welcome to overbuild and compete for fractions of the market share wherever they want. From a more socialist perspective it’s just a waste of fibre, resources and manpower, broadens the divide between the haves and have nots and weakens the viability of connecting other areas due to competition driving down the price hence ROI.

    1. Capitalist says:

      Socialism is an evil ideology that has not work every time it was tried. In the case of broadband, you’d have a non efficient infrastructure with no care for cost controls and an effective monopoly that can set prices as high as they want with no incentive to ever upgrade.

      Competition ultimately benefits the end consumer who can choose to pick faster/cheaper services, it is basic common sense

    2. Pragmatist says:

      Competition only helps consumers in areas where operators can turn a quick buck

      If 10 providers each run fibre up my road then great, I have choice and competition however that has done absolutely nothing for the rural areas who will still be left with nothing and will be comparatively further behind the current modern standard.

      A more “socialist” roll out would ensure everyone gets access to a decent service rather than the capitalist method of the “easy” areas have multiple version of the same super service and rural areas having F All

  2. Stuck on Dai'll Up says:

    Looking forward to seeing their network expland further in South Wales.

  3. Andy says:

    TBH, Netomnia is only building their network where it easy to do, ie where existing poles are, or easy to get planning for them. The more outside of town you are, you have little to no hope of getting it. My area date has been pushed back 4 times now, and atm is supposedly due to be ready for May, this is a full 12 months behind the original date. It would have been nice for them to fulfil what they said would be doing, build in areas more rural. But as soon as they hit a problem (with communities or blocked ducts, etc) they loose interest quickly, seem to move on and just hope the issues resolve themselves, I can understand why mainly due to cost, but it is very frustrating.

    1. Bawlk says:

      Netomnia are going to be building in Livingston, Openreach and Virgin Media are all underground.

    2. Andy says:

      @Bawlk

      the good luck, and hope it goes well, but the s the situation here, everything is underground, but trunking are blocked due to old ages 1970’s, and residents do not want poles, as a result everything is on hold.

    3. Aimee - Head of Customer Operations - Netomnia says:

      Hi Andy,

      Please do get in contact with us, and a member of our team will happily take a look at the build in your area.

      We can then make sure you have the most up to date information and full understanding of what our challenges have been. Most importantly keep you up to date on our progress!

      Please email build@netomnia.com

      Kind regards,

      Aimee
      Head of Customer Operations

  4. Stuck on Dai'll Up says:

    Looking forward to seeing how their South Wales network expansion progresses.

  5. Martin says:

    Even though Youfibre has become available and live to some properties just down the road in my area.
    It’s still looking like it will take them a while. They are also competing with another altnet building their network in the same town and the next exchange.
    I am just waiting for which 1gb/s provider beats the other to build their network on my street. Youfibre has the advantage though as they also offer a 10gb/s connection as well if you have the money.

  6. John says:

    I’ve emailed them asking about their rollout plans for Dalkeith.
    They can’t tell me what area they plan to rollout to, where they plan to start, which direction they are coming or name a single street they have planned.

    They have simply given me the same cut and paste reply to my initial enquiry and both follow up questions.

    I understand rolling out a fibre network is a complex task but if they have announced their intention to deploy to Dalkeith they must have done some preliminary surveying. No info what so ever is a bit of a disappointment.

    Zooming in on their map the dot they have in the Dalkeith area is in Eskbank. That’s where the Openreach exchange is based though so that might be their start point.

    I’ll be watching the rollout with interest.

    With Virgin just about completed the area and Openreach starting their full FTTP build here this month (I’m already covered by both) I’m surprised Netomnia have picked Dalkeith at all.

    1. Peter says:

      If they are staying close to Openreach exchanges, likely they are getting internet from openreach. If demand goes up, they will pay more. Can anyone point me to some pricing they will have to incur, if they see demand in a given area? Thanks

    2. Aimee - Head of Customer Operations - Netomnia says:

      Hi John,

      Thank you for your interest in the Netomnia network.

      Dalkeith whilst on our delivery plan, is still within the design and planning stages. Our team will be planning and surveying the area to make sure that we have the best design for the area and ensure minimum disruption and a speedy roll out!

      As the area is still in this stage, we cannot confirm exact roads, direction or start dates, as we have not yet confirmed the design or issued it to our contractors to begin build.

      We are working tirelessly to get to all of the above areas as soon as possible but until a design has been confirmed we are unable to confirm exact locations or timeframes.

      As you have been in contact with our team, they will continue to keep you updated as the design stages progress and as soon as we are able to confirm further information, we will let you know!

      If you have any further questions, please do get in touch.

      Kind regards,

      Aimee
      Head of Customer Operations
      Netomnia

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