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Fibrus Plan Full Fibre Rollout for 40 Places in North East England

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 (10:09 am) - Score 2,984
Fibrus Digging Rural Road

Belfast-based UK broadband ISP Fibrus, which is currently deploying a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across parts of Northern Ireland and England, has today revealed that they’ve begun the next phase of their rollout in the North of England – targeting 125,000 premises across 40 locations.

At present the Infracapital-backed operator has already covered a total of 256,000 premises (240,000 Ready for Service) and is home to 36,000 customers, but they also aim to cover 1 million premises over the next 3 years (by Q1 2026) – reflecting around 450,000 premises in N.Ireland (c. 50% of homes in the region) and the rest from England and Scotland. A total of 400,000 UK premises are currently expected to be covered by March 2024.

NOTE: Fibrus has attracted c.£700m of committed capital, including £200m from investors, £220m from a banking consortium and the rest as public subsidy (e.g. £197m Project Stratum – 85,000 premises by March 2025 in N.Ireland – and the £108m Project Gigabit contract for 60,000 premises in Cumbria, England – Hyperfast GB).

In terms of Fibrus’ build across England, we’ve already seen them deploying across a number of locations in Cumbria (e.g. Penrith and Kendal). But the ISP has today unveiled the next phase of their rollout for North East England – covering 125,000 additional premises, which will see them enter 40 towns and villages in Northumberland and Durham as part of their commercial build, including Blyth, Ashington, Newton Aycliffe and Morpeth.

At the time of writing, Fibrus has not yet furnished us with a full list of their 40 planned locations (we have asked for it), although it’s worth noting that some of those named above do appear on the gigabit-capable rollout plans of rival providers, such as Openreach etc.

Elsewhere, Fibrus has also today announced the appointment of a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Luke Rowett. He joins the operator with over 17 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, growth leadership, and management, across rapidly growing sectors including TMT, Infrastructure and Utilities.

Rowett said:

“I’m delighted to kick off my career with Fibrus announcing our plans for the North East of England. This expansion is an opportunity to grow our customer base into Durham and Northumberland, bringing quality service and reliable connectivity at affordable prices, building on our winning formula working already in Northern Ireland and Cumbria.”

Customers of Fibrus typically pay from £39.99 (discounted to £19.99) per month for an unlimited 150Mbps (30Mbps upload) package with an included router and free installation, which rises to £59.99 (discounted to £44.99) per month for their top 1000Mbps (300Mbps upload) tier on a 24-month contract term. The service discounts do vary between different parts of their build, and some can also benefit from 3 months of free service.

NOTE: Infracapital also owns or has stakes in Gigaclear, Ogi, Neos Networks and WightFibre etc.
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Mark-Jackson
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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Kris Lord says:

    Ooooh this is fab news.

    I’m in Ashington and we’ve had no improvement in infrastructure since we got FTTC about 10 years ago.

    Virgin are starting to roll out so it’ll be nice to have some high speed choices in the future.

    1. Avatar photo Lee says:

      So am I. lol just did a new deal with bt last week for £30 a month for 3 years which gives me a price lock and free upgrade to fibre. Also got a cordless home phone that users the ip

  2. Avatar photo Alex says:

    If only the postcode checker didn’t keep telling me to enter a valid postcode, I could register my interest in the hope of getting updates as this progresses.

  3. Avatar photo Andy says:

    Any competition to Virgin is welcome in Bedlington

  4. Avatar photo Ann Sheridan says:

    This is an expensive project both in terms of public money & consumer cost in comparison to B4RN. B4RN offers 1 Gbps symmetrical to all its customers with unlimited data got only £33.00 per month. The govt is paying through the nose for an inferior product that will cost consumers more.

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