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ISP County Broadband Boosts FTTP Rollout in East of England

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 (12:41 pm) - Score 1,528

Colchester-based alternative network ISP County Broadband, which has an ambition to cover 500,000 premises across the East of England with their new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network by the end of 2027, has today signed a new partnership with civil engineering firm AB Installs to accelerate their rollout.

The full fibre provider, which is being supported by £146 million of funding from Aviva Investors (here), is currently deploying full fibre across rural parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk in England (i.e. they’re building to over 220 villages and rising).

NOTE: Aviva also backs Truespeed (here) and ITS Technology (here) etc.

The new deal with AB Installs is intended to support their builds in villages across Essex and Suffolk, which should complement the existing partnerships they have with Highway Workforce and NGE to build the new network across Norfolk.

Lloyd Felton, Founder and CEO of County Broadband, said:

“We’re pleased to announce our partnership with AB Installs as we reaffirm our commitment to rollout full fibre infrastructure at scale across the region. Their team has extensive technical experience delivering large scale build projects and brings innovative solutions to connecting some of the more hard to reach communities.

We share an ambition to rapidly expand access to gigabit speeds and this partnership will bring new jobs and opportunities to the region as we continue to invest in and grow our dedicated workforces. As an Essex-based company like County Broadband, AB Installs brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise which is vital to delivering these complex projects and engaging with key stakeholders throughout the build process.”

Alfie Beaney, director at AB Installs, added:

“We have many villages already in build and, with our wealth of knowledge and expertise, are connecting more customers across the region daily. We look forward to working together over the coming years to ensure the region is a leader in broadband provision.”

Customers typically pay from £33.99 per month for an unlimited symmetric speed 100Mbps service with a bundled wireless router on a 24-month term, which rises to £69.99 for 900Mbps.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Steven Brown says:

    I’d pay it if I had no choice but £70 for 900 up and down is quite alot compared to other providers.

    1. Avatar photo 10BaseT says:

      That’s why their rollout takes place where there is no competition. The same applies to OFNL.

  2. Avatar photo Jason says:

    Cowboy broadband is just a rip off and not worth the hassle . Years of promises ! always underdeliver be careful what you sign up
    for with these crooks

    1. Avatar photo speaking the truth says:

      They are well known for being all talk and not delivering but that still doesn’t make them crooks.

  3. Avatar photo WellsNorfolk says:

    Wells-next-the-Sea needs FTTP as this would help businesses and households to get a faster and more reliable internet connection. FTTC was passable about 6-7 years ago, but as more net enabled devices are online FTTP is really needed in this day and age.

  4. Avatar photo Good for them says:

    AB Installs have been a tier 2 provider for Openreach and from what I’ve heard they do a decent job.

  5. Avatar photo Charles says:

    The majority of Wells has fttp and has done for some time now, there has been some in-fill build on The Buttlands recently which is now orderable too.

  6. Avatar photo Kayley says:

    Hell froze over. After 3 years of waiting they FINALLY came and installed the overhead to our house this week, with connection supposedly happening next week.

    This is in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire.

    Next comes the fun of dealing with whatever crummy hardware they’ll no doubt provide.

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