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Jurassic Fibre Raise FTTP Broadband Target to 500K UK Premises UPDATE

Monday, June 20th, 2022 (2:46 pm) - Score 1,584
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Exeter-based broadband ISP Jurassic Fibre has today announced that they’ve raised the coverage target for their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network rollout in South West England, which will now aim to cover 500,000 premises across the region (including 30 towns and villages) by the end of 2026 2025.

The operator is currently being supported by an investment of £250m from Fern Trading, which was fuelling their previous ambition to cover 350,000 premises across the region by the end of 2024 (here and here). So far they’ve managed to complete coverage to 100,000 premises (across 21 towns and villages), which is up sharply from the 75,000 they reported in March 2022.

NOTE: Fern Trading also backs a number of other full fibre builds from Giganet, Swish Fibre, AllPoints Fibre and Vorboss.

Residential customers on the network can take a 150Mbps (30Mbps upload) package from just £17.50 per month on a 30-day (monthly) contract term (£35 after the first 24-months) – this includes a router and free standard installation, which rises to just £40 per month if you want their top 950Mbps (200Mbps upload) tier (£80 after the first 24-months).

The announcement coincided with a visit from The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, to Jurassic Fibre’s Devon headquarters in Honiton.

Michael Maltby, CEO of Jurassic Fibre, said:

“Jurassic Fibre has achieved some phenomenal milestones in our short history, including connecting 100,000 South West-based households and businesses to ultrafast broadband in just four years. Our investment in the region has made gigabit speeds a reality for many rural communities. But we’re not stopping here. There is a still a long way to go in bringing the South West’s digital infrastructure up to the levels required in the 21st century.

By increasing our commitment to 500,000 homes and businesses in the next four years, we are firmly demonstrating our dedication to both supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda and making the South West an attractive region to live, work, invest and visit. It was fantastic to welcome the Chancellor to our part of the world and highlight the great strides that are being made, while outlining our ambitions for the future.”

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP said:

“Improving digital connectivity across rural communities in the South West is a vital part of our ambitions to level up every corner of the country. Through better access to ultrafast broadband, people and businesses in the region can benefit from the same opportunities afforded to regions like London and the South East. Jurassic Fibre has been a stalwart champion in bringing ever greater broadband access to areas like Devon.

It has been great to see their business in action and to learn more about the positive impact they are having on the regional economy, not only through job creation in their own company, but enabling the growth of local businesses and boosting employment.”

The Chancellor is said to have travelled to the region to lend his support to Tiverton and Honiton Conservative candidate Helen Hurford, in advance of the local by-election on 23rd June.

UPDATE 22nd June 2022

Curiously, Jurassic Fibre put out a second press release today that focuses on the same 500,000 premises target, except this one puts the target date as “by 2025” instead of “by 2026” in yesterday’s release. We asked and were told that the “by 2025” date is the one to use – updated above. The new release also included a list of JF’s live PoP sites, so far.

Live Jurassic Fibre Points of Presence Sites:
Barnstaple
Bideford
Bridgwater
Bridport
Bude
Crediton
Dorchester
Exeter
Exmouth
Honiton
Ilminster
Okehampton
Sidmouth
Street
Taunton
Teignmouth
Tiverton
Wellington
Weymouth
Wincanton
Yeovil

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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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11 Responses
  1. libertarian says:

    They should’ve told Socialist Sunak to lower taxes

    1. Jim bean says:

      Ex banker Rishi a socialist? Don’t make me laugh you libertardian.

    2. Libertarian says:

      Karl Marx was very wealthy. Socialists are very good at spending others’ money

    3. Mike says:

      Champagne socialist.

  2. Bob Smith says:

    Unfortunatly the Alt Nets do not have enough IPV4 addresses so use Carrier Grade NAT.
    I checked with Jurassic Fibre and they confirmed they use CG NAT and do not yet support IPV6.
    So gaming users will no doubt have issues with NAT on Jurassic Fibre.

    1. Dave90 says:

      Does CGNAT cause issues with banking sites? Switched from Three broadband to Smarty mobile(which I think is CGNAT while Three broadband isn’t – yes I know it’s the same provider) and the Santander website keeps logging me out. Turned on my VPN with a UK endpoint and Santander worked fine.

    2. Tom Norton says:

      I’ve had Jurassic Fibre for the past 6+ months and I’ve got a static IPv4 address. Initially they said they couldn’t offer it, only to business accounts, however they managed to add it to my account. Very happy with the services

  3. William Grimsley says:

    Which towns and villages?

  4. Dave90 says:

    Just checked … Jurassic announced it was rolling out in Exmouth and to some degree they did. But not the whole of Exmouth by any means. It’s been two years since the rollout and I’m still waiting despite being in central Exmouth, I’ve been told maybe in six months time I might be able to get their service … and I don’t particularly believe them. If they roll out then leave your area with nothing for 2.5 years it’s a pretty good indication that you are not a high priority.

    BT is rolling out FTTP in Exmouth some time from now onwards, maybe I’ll have better luck with them.

  5. Steve says:

    @ Tom Norton

    I’d be interested to know how you managed to get a static address.
    I’m due to get Jurassic Fibre soon, and really could do with one or a few.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Jurassic is very misleading in this whole thing though.

    100K is not the connected number of customers, not even close. It’s “passed” premises – eg theoretical customer potential – which in itself isn’t that accurate.

    Equally, the list of connected places is wild – if they connect just one place in an area they’ll claim they serve it – and whilst that might be technically true, it isn’t meaningfully true – the % they serve in any area is small.

    Exeter – they cover *very* few places but claim Exeter as if they have meaningful % coverage.

    Exmouth – they don’t cover whole sections of that town, not even fringe areas, but highly populated ones.

    …just to list 2 of that impressive looking on paper list…

    So take all the claims and coverage data with a pinch of salt as it absolutely does not reflect reality.

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