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Truespeed Grows Full Fibre Cover to 91,000 Premises in England

Tuesday, Aug 15th, 2023 (3:11 pm) - Score 1,384

Rural UK broadband ISP Truespeed, which is deploying a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to homes in the South West of England (mostly in Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset), has revealed that they’ve now covered 91,000 premises (up from 75k in May 2023) and have over 17,000 customers (up from 15k).

The operator, which holds an “ambitious” overall target of reaching 500,000 properties by the end of 2026, is currently being funded by a total investment of £175m from Aviva (£134m of which has already been committed to physical builds) and appears to be holding to their current pace of build after a period of acceleration.

The latest progress update was revealed as part of Truespeed’s announcement that it has just connected, for the second year running, the remote rural festival – Valley Fest in the Chew Valley countryside – to 10Gbps connectivity.

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By Mark Jackson
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29 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Ryan says:

    Will slow with their redundancy announcement

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I’ve not seen one, link?

  2. Avatar photo Dave says:

    Not been announced but looks like they have slowed there build down, got rid of contractors and possibly put people at risk.

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      So far as I can tell, their pace of build hasn’t slowed and is currently maintaining about the same 5,000+ passed per month that I observed back in May 2023. But that’s not to say it won’t slow in the future, although for now I’ve not seen any solid evidence for a slowdown.

  3. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

    19% take up looks quite impressive compared to other altnets. Jurassic have quite a big presence in than area so you’d think they would try to avoid overbuilding them.

  4. Avatar photo Local customer says:

    Surprised the redundancy hasn’t leaked yet to be honest. Over a third of their staff are being let go and have been issued letters.

  5. Avatar photo Rob Smith says:

    Its true Truespeed letting 152 go end of September 105 remaining for now

    1. Avatar photo Mole man says:

      This is correct details can be provided

    2. Avatar photo FTTP says:

      You only need to look at True Speed accounts,etc, at Companies House….

    3. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      The latest company accounts I see were published in Sept 2022, almost a year ago, but they only cover the period to Dec 2021 and so aren’t much help for anything happening right now. I can see nothing there that would confirm redundancies occurring this summer:


      Proper sources/links/evidence required before it can be substantiated.

  6. Avatar photo FTTP says:

    They were due to start building last month in Bathampton,had leaflet through door,no work started & acording to a contractor I spoke to,unlikely it will, wouldn’t confirm whether delaid or cancelled..
    But,we also have City Fibre planning to start laying fibre Bathampton soon.

    1. Avatar photo Jim says:

      From what I understand Cityfibre aren’t starting any new builds at the moment.

      Even some of the builds they’ve started have been stopped.

    2. Avatar photo Ano says:

      Wrong. They’ve just started new a new BDUK build.

  7. Avatar photo Somerset says:

    Building in the village of Hutton at the same time as Virgin Media. One of those 2 may have damaged a BT cable 2 weeks ago.

  8. Avatar photo Bob says:

    The usual going to plan in their accounts but they showed an increased loss. Given the higher interest rates and consumers budgets being squeezed the next set of accounts due in September are hardly likely to show an improvement

    Increased levels of overbuild will also not help. Probably not much scope to increase the market penetration beyond the 19% neither

  9. Avatar photo Moleman says:

    [admin note: removed confidential information, but this did help us to confirm, so thanks :)]

    1. Avatar photo FTTP says:

      They won’t last,it’s only a matter of time.

      Just look at Bath,OR,Virgin,CF all laying fibre,then Truespeed follow behind,they have no chance of making an impact,total waste of fibre.
      Will intresting to see the account results when released in September.

    2. Avatar photo Bob says:

      With these Alt Net time to market in my view is critical. They need to be first into the market and sell it hard. Few Alt nets achieve this. Putting there own ducts in is expensive and slow. BT and other Alt nets using PIA can get to market a lot quicker

  10. Avatar photo Jim says:

    Cityfibre are also scaling back their build, obviously in an effort to reduce spending.

    I suspect they’ll also be looking to reduce overheads with another round of redundancies.

    1. Avatar photo Anon says:

      Incorrect. Their focus is just moving to BDUK areas

    2. Avatar photo Jim says:


      Call it what you want, focusing on another area, prioritising, etc.

      It’s still scaling back.

    3. Avatar photo Anon says:

      Wrong again. They are on still on track to deliver and funding 8million. No scaling back at all

    4. Avatar photo Jim says:

      @Anon – That’s not what Greg Mesch said when he announced the restructuring/redundancies earlier this year.

    5. Avatar photo Pull the other one says:


      No scaling back? Still on target to hit 8 million premises by 2025?

      So that’s 5.5 million in 16 months or just over 340,000 per month.

      Come on, pull the other one!

    6. Avatar photo Anon says:

      @jim – I was there. You either weren’t or we’re not listening.

      Was the restructure handled well? No

      Was the restructure required to remove duplicate roles and bloated teams? Absolutely

      And the target is end of 2025 btw. Expect some that to come through acquisition.

    7. Avatar photo Get real says:


      Talk about moving the goal posts.

      So by 2025 had now become by the end of 2025.

      And we won’t be building it all ourselves, we’ll be buying some that’s already done.

      Come on, get real.

    8. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      This is off-topic for a Truespeed story. But it’s worth noting that CityFibre has always expressed the 8 million target as needing to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025, thus they have some flexibility and are a bit ambiguous on how much. Right now, 4-6m seems more realistic, but a lot can change before 2025.

      CityFibre has been in this game a long time, so it may be wise not to bet against them just yet.

  11. Avatar photo Norman says:

    I’ve seen them build all over Patchway, Bradley Stoke and Thornbury in South Gloucestershire, but they won’t build in neighbouring Filton where there would be a lot of demand for higher speeds due to all the Universities and Colleges in the area. Openreach aren’t even bothering either so I am stuck with Virgin Media if I wanted high speed.

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