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Lit Fibre Grows UK FTTP Broadband Cover to 140,000 Premises

Wednesday, Jul 26th, 2023 (11:14 am) - Score 1,848
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Broadband ISP and network builder Lit Fibre has today announced that their new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network has gone live in several new towns, growing its overall coverage of the UK to 140,000 premises (Ready for Service) – up from 100,000 in April 2023.

The provider, which started their deployment in 2021 and aims to reach 500,000 homes by 2026, is currently rolling out their network to cover numerous towns across several of England’s counties (e.g. Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Worcestershire, Essex, Suffolk and across the Midlands).

NOTE: Lit Fibre is backed by an unspecified equity investment from Newlight Partners LP.

According to the latest announcement, the network’s exchange in Watford has gone live for 15,000 households, as part of a rollout that will see 60,000 homes in the town eventually access their full-fibre service. Lit Fibre is also live in Erdington and Westbury this month, bringing their service to an eventual 38,000 homes across Erdington by the second half of 2024, and 6,000 Westbury households by October this year.

Overall, households in 19 towns across the UK are now experiencing the new network, with a further three towns due to go live this year.

Tom Williams, CEO of Lit Fibre, said:

“The arrival of our full-fibre broadband in Watford, Westbury and Erdington this month will bring thousands of people the fastest connection at the best possible price. Our ambition is to supply our services to 500,000 homes by 2026, and today’s updates demonstrate the rapid progress the business is making towards this goal.”

Residential customers on Lit Fibre’s network currently pay from £20 per month (£10 for the first 6 months) on an 18-month term (£30 thereafter) for their unlimited 100Mbps package (includes a free install, symmetric speeds and a Wi-Fi 6 router), which rises to £45 (£22.50 for the first 6 months and £65 post-contract) for 900Mbps (average).

The full list of towns with some live coverage includes: Bishop’s Stortford, Chelmsford, Chippenham, Cirencester, Clacton-on-Sea, Erdington, Evesham, Harpenden, Melksham, Midsomer Norton, Potters Bar, Radstock, Redditch, St Albans, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudbury, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Westbury with installation well underway in Aldridge, Basildon, Sutton Coldfield and Warminster.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Matt says:

    Currently working their way round Redditch supported by a good amount of leaflet dropping. Hopefully they’re successful as VM have the Monopoly there currently. Just need them to do the other half so it’s useable to me 😀

    VM are doing a big push on recontracting in the area. My other half has been put on a new contract after an interaction with support for a house move when it should just be a paid for move, but instead they’ve put her on a stupidly high priced 2 year contract.

    1. Avatar photo anonymous says:

      VM’s unwelcome monopoly of high speed is ending on the western side of Redditch, where Openreach FTTP is being rolled out fast if you’re on Headless Cross exchange (I’ve been on FTTP since last December). Lit leafleted us, but OR FTTP seemed a clearer option at the time we ordered. If you’re on Redditch town exchange that’s allegedly starting FTTP roll out in the next twelve months, if you’re in the badlands served by Ipsley exchange then there’s no public plans and Lit are your only hope!

    2. Avatar photo GG says:

      Not sure how VM are the baddies when they’ve been providing very fast broadband for decades.

      The monopoly is because others did not set up there, not exactly VMs fault…

    3. Avatar photo Matt says:

      @anon
      Nice 🙂 Thank you, eastern side and served by the “Redditch” exchange, which is good news.

      @GG Because the network is toss. Try contacting support around any issue and see if you can get off the phone within an hour.

      live chat are helpless. Support are useless. Calling up to retentions is the only way to get anything done (if you’re lucky). Complaints are resolved without a resolution, just a ticket closure.

      We “put up” with VM because it’s better than a ropey FTTC connection. It’s still ropey, it’s just quicker when it works than FTTC would be.

    4. Avatar photo anonymous says:

      And likewise, I was with Virgin Media back to the Telewest days. Telewest were a good company, with decent customer service, when they were effectively taken over by NTHell the speed remained but all customer service turned to poo, and then they rebranded to Virgin Media, and it got even pooier.

      I stuck with VM because the alternatives were too slow, as soon as I had the choice I left. If VM wanted things to be different they could offer better customer service. They’ve chosen not to, that makes them a horrible company to deal with, and I’ve got better uses for my money than giving it to a company that treats me like something it’s trodden in.

  2. Avatar photo ZC says:

    As welcome as Lit Fibre is in the area (Redditch), I’m not going to knock Virgin Media!

    We’ve been on VM since the ol’ Telewest/Blueyonder days and we’ve never had any issues – the speed has ALWAYS been consistent and we’ve upgraded to the highest tier as/when it became available. On 1Gb with VM since early 2021 (Feb, I think) and the recent boost to 100Mb upload is a massive improvement. Crazy when you consider BT FTTC at our address is only around 64Mb DOWN.

    Lit did a leaflet drop back in June 2022, but we’re now expecting RFS in October 2023 – I wouldn’t be surprised if Openreach FTTP becomes available at the same time – they’ve not particularly been interested in Old Town and their announcement came after Lit Fibre rocked up!

    1. Avatar photo Stefan Stanislawski says:

      How much are you paying though? I downgraded by cutting TV etc a couple of years ago to get down to £40 but the other day I realised my bill is now back over £50 without me doing anything. Like a frog being boiled you pay dearly for an erratic network and erratic at best support.

    2. Avatar photo ZC says:

      I’m on their “Ultimate Volt” for £55.37 – 1Gig internet, all the TV (incl. movies, sport – both in UHD) and whatever “anytime chatter” is on the landline (that isn’t plugged in). Absolute bargain if I’m being honest!

    3. Avatar photo Matt says:

      “Absolute Bargain” – It is until you find out, I’m on the same (Volt, Sky Sports, etc. minus the O2 sim) for £38.50/mo. (until Sept when they’re being canned)

      inconsistent pricing, and hilariously inflated out of contract pricing is another gripe…

    4. Avatar photo ZC says:

      Matt, I should have made clear, that was inclusive of the O2 SIM which is £25.00 (it’s not being used, just stuck in a cellular iPad). So around £30.37 – 1gig internet, 2 TV boxes, all the TV, Sports, Movies, UHD, “free” Netflix (haven’t bothered activating, I have the 4K Netflix already). Supposedly, it’s possible to cancel the O2 sim, but I don’t want to risk messing with things?

      I have to agree with the inflated out-of-contract pricing – according to my bill, my “before” price is something like £160+ – they wanted £38 just for 1Gig internet but could bundle everything for less!

      But my original point was about Virgin specifically in Redditch – it has never gone down (unless it was a national outage), and always hit the advertised speed – BT just hasn’t been bothered around here and only added FTTP plans after Lit Fibre already started rolling out.

  3. Avatar photo Simon says:

    That’s great news here in Westbury as BT made it quite clear they’ve got no interest in rolling out FTTP here and LitFibre looks like it’s going to be a better product anyway. Roll on the end of August

  4. Avatar photo Sk says:

    Virgin Media’s upload speed and latency are also very poor when compared with FTTP from Lit. I have been a customer for over a year and not had any issues with working from home hi fidelity video calls with multiple participants. Virgin’s router would saturate as soon as the kids wanted to watch Netflix or Disney plus at the same time as my calls.

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