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FullFibre Ltd Extend FTTP Broadband Build to 22 New UK Towns

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 (4:51 pm) - Score 5,928
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Exeter-based network builder FullFibre Limited has today announced that their UK rollout of a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network has been expanded to a fourth region, which will see them spreading across the North Midlands and Yorkshire – starting with 22 new locations.

The operator, which deploys its network as a wholesale platform via Fibre Heroes for other ISPs to harness (i.e. consumers should visit that site to check coverage) and aims to reach “at least” 500,000 premises by 2025, initially started their rollout in Leominster (Fastershire project), Ivybridge and South Hams during 2019.

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

Since then the operator has confirmed builds for 11 additional towns during March 2021 (here), then 13 more in Sept 2021 (here), followed by another 19 during Oct 2021 (here) and another 2 towns were added to this in March 2022 (here). The latest list appears to add around 22 new locations to their rollout plan across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

The new towns being announced today include over 90,000 premises and “every single one will be provided with the capability to connect to a gigabit capable internet service as the programme rolls out.”

FullFibre’s 22 New Towns and Communities

Askern, Bawtry, Penistone and Tickhill (South Yorkshire)

Bolsover, Chapel en le Frith, Clowne, Creswell, Hayfield, New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Whitwell and Wirksworth (Derbyshire)

Boroughbridge (North Yorkshire)

Clayton West, Crofton Denby Dale, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd & Ripponden Skelmanthorpe, & Todmorden and Walton (West Yorkshire)

Edwinstowe (Nottinghamshire)

The new additions are anticipated to create 100s of new jobs across the region, although we should point out that FullFibre Ltd probably won’t be the only gigabit-capable broadband network in some of these towns. This is despite the fact that the operator usually claims to focus on reaching areas that “have been left wanting from previous internet infrastructure builds“.

Oliver Helm, CEO of FullFibre, said:

“FullFibre continues to expand its services outside of dense urban areas and major cities. There are certain areas across the country that are not given the same resources and funding needed for this type of digital upgrade. We remain steadfast in our mission to connect whole communities to ultrafast, reliable broadband and the opportunities that go hand-in-hand with that.

Our work requires longevity and commitment to be successful. We fully acknowledge the importance of upgrading both residents and businesses to not only to compete at the same level as the rest of the country, but also receive access to modern digital services and educational tools.

The additional areas just announced include towns that have been restricted digitally with unreliable copper connections, hindering modern households and businesses. We are now in a position to change that.”

In terms of pricing, we can use the example ISP of Air Broadband, which charges from £25 per month for their unlimited entry-level 110Mbps (15Mbps upload) package and that rises to £35 for their top 550Mbps (50Mbps upload) tier. The service claims to include a free router, “free installation” and an 18-month minimum contract term, but we note that in the small print there’s mention of a £40 activation fee and £6.50 router delivery charge (so.. not quite “free“).

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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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14 Responses
  1. William Grimsley says:

    Exeter-based but don’t have any plans to do Devon, makes sense!

    1. MikeP says:

      I do wonder how these comparatively small altnets doing multiple builds across a large geographic spread will manage. It’s all about the contractor management, and we saw what happens when you don’t have enough of a local presence with Gigaclear’s CDS efforts.
      But maybe the wall of funding heading into FTTP will make the difference.

    2. William Grimsley says:

      Yes, it does make me wonder! Jurassic Fibre are Exeter-based but have kept their rollout relatively local and it’s worked!

    3. An Engineer says:

      ‘I do wonder how these comparatively small altnets doing multiple builds across a large geographic spread will manage.’

      Hiring their own people in each area, working remotely, to handle the FTTP builds themselves with a pool of mobile workers handling one-off tasks. Using contractors with nationwide presence or as close as possible to it where they can to reduce contractor management overhead.

      As far as the network goes having one exchange as a hub in each area, others in the area connect to it as a ring ideally, with the hubs connecting to routers at the edge of the network facing the Internet.

  2. Leroy says:

    Any idea when they are expected to start the Build in the areas I cannot seem to find the answer on the website?

  3. Phil says:

    They seem to have been doing Shrewsbury on and off for about 18 months. They do a little bit then disappear. Very few areas live.i suspect they are spreading themselves to thin. I just wish they would get on with it!

    1. William Grimsley says:

      Sounds like Openreach, been nearly 2 years and some parts of our village still aren’t live!

  4. Neville Davies says:

    I think all isp should be sacked not up to the job or maybe it the people giving out the contract

    1. James B says:

      Sacked from what? Using their own money to build a network?

  5. Ben H says:

    As a resident of Hebden Bridge, it’s good to at least see the town is on an upgrade plan. Yes it’s probably a couple of years from happening, but it’s better than just having the vague Openreach upgrade date of ‘by 31st Dec 2026’.

  6. Darc says:

    I’ve noticed that Full Fibre have started to run fibre cables around Malvern. It’s pretty exciting to think that high speed internet e.g. 1Gb will be available shortly. Will sign up as soon as its available. Hopefully there will be fully symmetrical plans available for business use.

    1. William Grimsley says:

      It depends what you call as “shortly”, it can sometimes take years to build a FTTP network.

    2. Darc says:

      On their website they are saying they will start accepting orders from June 22. So it will be interesting to see how that plays out and how much of Malvern that covers. Personally I would be surprised if I could order before Xmas, but fingers crossed.

  7. jack says:

    Creswell about time been on 10mb cant no more buffering lol

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