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Zzoomm Adds Sandbach in Cheshire to UK FTTP Broadband Build

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 (11:11 am) - Score 504
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UK ISP Zzoomm has today announced that their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network has added the Cheshire East (England) town of Sandbach to their rollout plan, which is eventually expected to reach 7,000 premises in the community.

The provider, which aims 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). Many more are also already in build or being planned.

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).

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.

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive, said:

“It’s been fantastic to see residents and local businesses in parts of Cheshire already benefiting from access to our gigafast network and we look forward to welcoming Sandbach. Our full fibre broadband can deliver consistently high speeds, providing a robust network that will support growth and prosperity across the town. We are committed to providing Sandbach with the very best broadband speeds available anywhere in the UK.”

Sadly, the announcement didn’t say how long the rollout would take to complete, and we still don’t know precisely how many premises Zzoomm has actually been able to cover (across the UK). On top of that, the town of Sandbach already has some limited gigabit-capable coverage via Openreach’s rival FTTP network (this is due to be expanded) and FibreNest (new build homes site).

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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. 10GbE _ForAll says:

    Are there any plans for Zzoomm to rollout across parts of South Wales?

  2. Ad47uk says:

    We have zzoomm being rolled out in Hereford, but they are taking a long time, they are supposed to have been up by me in the spring/summer of this year and as far as I can see they are nowhere near. The problem I see here is that the company is expanding too fast and something is going to give.

    1. Jack says:

      Also saw those sort of delays in Sandhurst. They gave a date to start works that fell back and then suddenly the roadworks started and ducts and boxes installed and then it went silent for a nearly 2 months (apparently the cabinets hadn’t had the backhaul installed) but since April they’ve been fully booked for installs in the area.

      Well worth the waiting. I upgraded my package to 2Gbps and the Zyxel 10Gbe router they include is absolutely solid.

    2. Ad47uk says:

      @Jack, People are having the same sort of problems here after the boxes are installed. I don’t know how many customers they have here, I suppose people will look at if they really need it.
      I heard they have changed the routers now, they use an icotera apart from the 2Gb package, which is still a Zyxel. Looking at the local Zzoomm facebook page, this new router don’t seem to be that good.

      i still have months to go yet as I am still in contract with plusnet anyway and to be honest as I have said before, I am fine with plusnet, it is cheaper and does what I need. But things could change.

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