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Zzoomm Adds 7 Towns in England to FTTP Broadband Rollout Plan

Friday, May 13th, 2022 (9:35 am) - Score 5,208
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UK ISP Zzoomm has today announced that their new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network has added 7 new market towns across Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Staffordshire to their build plan, which means that they’ve so far announced enough locations to reach 250,000 premises in England.

The provider, which holds a wider ambition to reach 1 million UK premises in 85 towns by the end of 2025, has already started to go live in various semi-rural towns and parishes across parts of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire (e.g. Henley-on-Thames, Hereford, Ascot, Cannock, Thirsk, Northallerton, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Crewe and Nantwich).

NOTE: The provider is supported by an equity investment of £100m from Oaktree Capital Management (here) and a £100m debt facility from an international banking consortium (here).

The seven new market towns being announced today are: Congleton, Northwich, Sandbach, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Stokesley, Great Ayton and Wombourne. The first civil engineering work in these towns is due to begin between the spring and summer period this year.

However, more locations are expected to be added in the near future, with Zzoomm hinting that they are now “well advanced in our planning to roll out our service to a further 750,000 premises” (i.e. the 1 million premises target).

Matthew Hare, CEO of Zzoomm, said:

“It’s great to be announcing the next seven new market towns in our roll out and we are seeing strong up take of our full fibre offering across the areas in which we have already brought live.

In just over two years we have launched in nine market towns. With the addition of these seven new market towns, we will be able to provide full fibre to over 250,000 homes and businesses. We are well advanced in our planning to roll out our service to a further 750,000 premises.

We are proud that Zzoomm will be able to offer homes and businesses in these market towns a brilliant full fibre service with unmatched speeds that isn’t reliant on the slow, unreliable copper used by other broadband providers in the area.”

Customers on the new network can expect to pay from £33 per month for an unlimited 150Mbps (symmetric speed) package on a 24-month term with an included router, which goes up to £99 if you want their top 2Gbps tier (or £66 for 900Mbps+) – that also happens to be one of the fastest UK home broadband packages available. But take note that most packages do attract a £20 one-off activation fee.

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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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19 Responses
  1. Jack says:

    Good to see more rollout. Been connected for a month in Sandhurst and as expected no downtime or issues. Only negative is no IPv6 and according to support there are no plans to implement it currently which is concerning.

    1. New_Londoner says:

      It seems very odd to be building a brand new network without IPv6 support, did they offer any explanation?

    2. Jack says:

      My thoughts exactly, the routers they supply all support IPv6 as well.

      Below is the reply,

      At present there are currently no plans to implement IPV6. You can read more about our Broadband on our website here https://zzoomm.com/inside-zzoomm-how-broadband-speeds-work/

  2. Jesse says:

    Sounds great till your devices will need a NIC upgrade that can handle 10Gb let alone 2.5 or 5Gb, manufacturer’s will need to up the anti of standard NIC ports as bandwidth speeds begin to skyrocket.

    Could be seeking consumer grade fibre sfc connector ports in the near future on regular PCs and laptops

    1. GG says:

      Zero chance of that, most laptops don’t even have LAN ports. WiFi is where it’s at. If you’re really desperate there are SFP+ to thunderbolt adapters… if your device has thunderbolt, that is.
      Apart from about 3 edge cases, there’s zero need for anything more than 1 gbps on any home device.
      Few are fast enough to do anything with a stream even that fast, let alone one at 10gbps.

    2. ad47uk says:

      Most people would not go for that speed, unless they want the bandwidth for a family. People I have chatted to say they will go for the 150Mb/s if they go for it, which is what I would have gone for

      @GG wi-fi is unreliable and the newer standards seems to be worse than the older ones. I have a TP link TL-WR1043ND router which is getting on now and only goes up to 11N, so 2.5ghz and it far more reliable than the Zyxel. I tend to use lan if I can anyway, but some smart home stuff and my phone use wi-fi./

  3. ad47uk says:

    I hope they do a better job in those other places than they are doing here, they are to be honest a total pain in the neck, blocking paths and the mess the pavements are left after. They were bad enough before.

    I was thinking of going to them when they eventually get to me, but because of the complaints, the mess they have made around the city and also the price rising before they have done a quarter of the city, I will stay on FTTC.

    1. Peach says:

      They’ve ruined the streets of Sandhurst

    2. Jack says:

      @Peach I live in Sandhurst and don’t agree that they’ve “ruined the streets” – in the past few years we’ve had gas pipe replacements, water meters installed which both caused pavements to be dug up, they’ve now blended in and after time the work done by Zzoomm will too.

      Zzoomm have given the area connectivity that’s unbeatable locally.

    3. ad47uk says:

      @Jack, water meters, I thought they fitted in the normal stop cock thing outside the house, so no need to dig? My water meter is in my kitchen, but i presumed most people just have them in the normal place outside their home.

      Zzoomm have not done a lot of the city yet, but what I have seen they have certainly mucked up the pavements.

    4. Jack says:

      @ad47uk our stop cock in the pavement was completely removed and a new hole dug made wider to fit the meter. We ended up with a bigger cover in the pavement and tarmac patch. But it has weathered in now along with the gas works.

      I’m not saying every patch of tarmac they’ve redone is perfect but if there was anything really wrong then the council would make them do it again. The gains from a full fibre connection imo outweigh the inconvenience but appreciate some might not.

    5. ad47uk says:

      @Capitalist, I agree with you, the last time I went for a 24 month contract was with a local Wireless network. Even 18 is too long these days, as you said, things move so fast. I understand that these companies want to cover the cost of installation and connection, but maybe they should stop sending out new routers every year or so, like some do.

      My mobile phone network is on a rolling monthly contract, if you can call it a contract.

      @Jack, about your Water meter, A couple of people I know that have water meters, their drain cover looks the same as mine, maybe they are slightly larger, I have not really taken that much notice.

      I am glad that you appreciate that not everyone will think the inconvenience is worth it, thankfully I will be at work for a lot of it, and they don’t work weekends by the seems of it.

  4. Jon says:

    Wow what a lot of moaners you should see the benefits of having fibre and moving forward from copper wires delivering your internet connections. Be grateful someone is actually getting this done rather than moaning about blocking pavements and no this and no that.

    If you don’t want the pain don’t accept the gain .

    Happy life

    1. ad47uk says:

      It depends on if you want or need the benefits of fibre. When I first heard that Zzoomm was coming here, I thought great, faster speed. Then they started installing it and I saw the mess they were making, which also got me thinking if I really needed it, certainly now they increased the price before many people even got connected here.
      I looked at what I have now for the price I pay, with is £23 a month for 34Mb/s and to be honest it does what I need. Zzoomm the lowest price is now £33 a month, sure it is 150Mb/s both ways, but I doubt it would make much difference to me, so better to save a tenner a month and the hassle of having it installed.

      I am dreading them coming up this road to be honest, I was coming home from work on Thursday at around 8.30pm, and I saw them working in a street still at that time. I know 8.30oppm is not late, but some people want a bit of peace in the evening.
      even if I don’t have it, I will still have to put up with the noise and mess in the street. That is when they eventually get up here.

      I am not accepting the gain, but I still have to have the pain.

    2. Jack says:

      @ad47uk if you do the calculations though, it’s £33 per month with 6 months free (currently) so the total for 18 months is £594 but if you then divide that by 24 (for 24 months which includes the free 6 months) it then comes to £24.75 per month so for a £1.75 increase in your monthly cost you would be seeing a massive difference in service to what you get now.

    3. ad47uk says:

      @Jack, I realise where you are going with the 6 months free and if I really needed that speed I would look into it more. I really did think great, it would be nice to have a faster network when I heard they were coming here, but I did wonder why they wanted to come to Hereford to start with, maybe they have had an incentive to come here, just like the shops did in the old Market shopping centre. Win, wink, say no more. 🙂

      But looking into over the last few months, I doubt I would get any advantage out of it, apart from maybe a faster upload, but I don’t upload a lot, yet.
      You say I would see a massive difference in the service than what I get now, would I?
      Website download fast enough, streaming services work fine. Sure, if I download files I would see a difference, but to be honest I can wait for a few more minutes.
      Like it is not like going from Dial up to ADSL, where ADSL did make a hell of a difference. ADSL would not be much cop in this day and age, if doing 4K streaming, but I used to watch HD even on a 3.5Mb/s connection.

      It sounds great, from my 35Mb/s to Zzoomm 150Mb/s, but since I tolld myself I would not update to a higher speed FTTC if it was available as I would not make use of it, I think the same can be said for not updating to zzoomm.

      The other thing is the 24 month contract, I don’t like contracts at the best of time, 24 months is a little long for me. Then there is the hassle of installation, I have seen some of zzoomm’s handy work at installation on Facebook, and it doesn’t look good.

      But things can change, they have not even started up here yet and their map that show their will be here in the spring/summer is out of date as I don’t think they will be, I also have another 13 months or so with plusnet, you never know what may happen by that time. But if things stay the same as they are now, then I expect to be staying where i am.

    4. Capitalist says:

      24 month contracts are anti consumer, especially in a market moving as fast as this. Within 2 years it’s likely there will be overbuild in a lot of areas but since people are locked in these awful long contracts they will lose money

  5. framergeorge says:

    I agree with Peach. Zoom have made a mess of roads and pavements. Loose tarmac not swept up from pavements, and holes appearing.

  6. Jack says:

    I find it quite odd that they decided to go with Congleton considering Openreach FTTP has been available for a little over a year or so.

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