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Thousands of Orbit’s Homes to Gain Access to Lightning Fibre FTTP Network

Thursday, Aug 17th, 2023 (9:57 am) - Score 968
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Blocks of flats across the South East of England, specifically those from UK housing group Orbit, look set to benefit from a “new” plug-and-play solution to full fibre (FTTP) broadband deployment, which is to be delivered by fibre installations specialist Complete Fibre – supported by broadband ISP Lightning Fibre.

Network builder and ISP Lightning Fibre is currently deploying a multi-gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across parts of Sussex and Kent (England), which makes them a good fit for the new project. At the last update in September 2022, the operator claimed to have covered around 60,000 premises and were initially aiming to reach 140,000 (i.e. this was their fully funded build, rather than a longer-term target). But we haven’t had a solid progress update since then

NOTE: Lightning Fibre is backed by private equity firm Foresight (here) – they also back F&W Networks (Hey! Broadband) and Connect Fibre – and have been building in places such as Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill, Hailsham, St Leonard’s and Haywards Heath etc.

Under the new deal, Complete Fibre will manage access to the buildings as well as installing a single, open-access ‘plug-and-play’ digital infrastructure within Orbit’s blocks of flats (also known as Multi Dwelling Units, or MDUs), which broadband providers can connect into, to provide full-fibre to residents.

Lightning Fibre is the first ISP to plug into Complete Fibre’s infrastructure in Orbit buildings to provide residents safe, ultra-fast fibre broadband and boost digital inclusivity in the region. Multiple ISPs can connect into Complete Fibre’s plug-and-play solution, offering Orbit’s residents more choice, assuming lots of other ISPs do adopt it.

Tony Clark, Director of Property Operations at Orbit, said:

“In addition to providing quality, safe, and affordable homes, we’re committed to offering wider support to help our customers in their day-to-day lives. Working with Complete Fibre to offer our customers access to reliable, ultra-fast digital connectivity is just one of the ways in which we can help to support them in their work and education, as well as provide them with easier access to community and online services.”

Tim Passingham, Chairman of Lightning Fibre, added:

“We’re committed to driving digital inclusion and bringing hyper fast broadband to communities in the South East. Utilising Complete Fibre, we’re able to give Orbit and their residents access to a choice of providers, and for our part, we’ll do so with a fair pricing model and a keen focus on customer care. This way of working also contributes to Lightning’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions – fewer installations mean less material and more efficient energy usage.”

The announcement doesn’t say precisely how many premises will benefit from this rollout, although Orbit is known to have a growing portfolio of over 46,500 homes spanning across both the Midlands, East and South of England.

Customers of Lightning Fibre typically pay from £24 per month on a 24-month term for a 150Mbps (symmetric) speed package (plus a £48 one-off setup fee), which rises to £39 per month for their top 900Mbps plan with free setup.

The provider also offers a Social Tariff for just £15 per month, which gives those on state benefits a 50Mbps service on a 30-day rolling contract.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo james smith says:

    So this encourages these people to get job how exactly? Orbit is anti-social housing for people of working age that do not. Two years in the Military serving their king and country would be of greater benefit to most Orbit residents

    1. Avatar photo Mike Robinson-Charlton says:

      Agreed

    2. Avatar photo Andrew G says:

      I grant you that the workshy are almost certain to be in social housing, but 29% are in full time employment, 15% in part time employment, 25% are retired. That leaves 8% formally unemployed (which isn’t the same as workshy), and the remainder in “other” which includes full time education and those on disability benefits amongst others.

      Now, your Daily Mail judgementalism will warm the unbeating stone heart of JRM and his reprehensible ilk, but where exactly do you think all the people who didn’t get dealt the hand I and presumably you were dealt will live? You know, them who do the sh***y jobs you and I rely on, but don’t do ourselves, and where the pay and dependability won’t get them a mortgage? The people digging trenches for FTTP, for example? Security guards, health care assistants, hospital porters, office cleaners, many catering and hospitality staff, agriculture workers, seasonal employees, the people who have to work for Amazon, anybody who has to take zero hours jobs, possible several of them and still not adding up to either full time employment or a decent income. And when they can no longer work, you’re presumably guessing they should have saved up for a nice retirement property in Eastbourne, bought outright?

  2. Avatar photo Martin says:

    I wonder what complete fibre do, do they have an internal Ethernet network in the flats ?

    I also wonder what if anything flat and house builders should be doing, maybe conduit runs to each flat that altnets can use perhaps from a common comms cupboard.

    1. Avatar photo Complete Fibre says:

      The Complete Fibre network is full fibre and doesn’t use ethernet cables. It provides a Single Open Access, “plug and play” fibre network from a central distribution point to each flat, which acts as the conduit you mention.

      Multiple Internet Service Providers can connect to the PON/GPON (Passive optical Network / Gigabit PON) and do this by plugging in to the Complete Fibre distribution point, which is often housed in common comms cupboards.

  3. Avatar photo james smith says:

    High 5 Andrew G and others

    Andrew G please check your demographic breakdown, about 30% is unacounted for.
    Where I live, some Orbit inmates would have impaired judgement preventing them replying to the survey.

    I’m not against retirees and disabled groups in the least
    What gets my goat is working age people that abuse things.

    I know people for real that have adictions yet no such thing as getting them into rehab centers and off of their adiction so that they can contribute to society instead, so they continue with their addiction and end up being wealthier than David Beckham at the Tax payer expense

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