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Community Fibre Offer 1 Year of Free 1Gbps Broadband in Prize Draw

Wednesday, Oct 4th, 2023 (11:33 am) - Score 1,760

Network builder and UK ISP CommunityFibre, which is deploying a 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across London, are celebrating the re-announcement that more than 1 million homes can connect to their network by giving Londoners the chance to win a free 12-month period 1Gbps fibre.

The announcement left us scratching our heads a bit because CommunityFibre already revealed, all the way back in July 2023 (here), that they had hit the coverage milestone of 1 million homes passed (up from 720,000 in December 2022) – plus 212,000 businesses on top (i.e. their network footprint expanded by 75% in the last 12 months).

NOTE: CF, which aims to reach 2.2 million premises by the end of 2024, is owned by funds advised by Warburg Pincus LLC, DTCP Railpen and NDIF.

Nevertheless, the operator has decided – belatedly – to celebrate the milestone by giving Londoners covered by their network the opportunity to win a free 12-month period 1Gbps fibre connection via a special offer page – https://communityfibre.co.uk/1mhomes. But this is only open to new customers, and there are only ten such packages available to be won by entrants. The prize draw is due to close on Thursday, 12th October 2023 at 23.59pm BST.

Ten entrants that meet the free prize draw eligibility criteria will be selected at random on Monday, 16th October 2023 and will be contacted via the email address provided by Friday 20th October at 23.59 BST by a member of the Community Fibre marketing team. But one catch is that the winners must agree to share photography of themselves with CommunityFibre, to be posted publicly along with their name on its social media feeds for marketing purposes.

Graeme Oxby, Chief Executive Officer of Community Fibre, said:

“With ongoing pressure on household bills, as well as increasing consumer demand for online access and digital connectivity, we are proud to enable access to faster, cheaper, and more reliable fibre broadband to over one million London properties across the capital.

As well as advancing our network build to more properties and businesses across the capital, we will continue to challenge the industry with our innovative offerings, such as setting new out-of-contract pricing standards, which we have capped at £2 across all our packages, as well as providing easy access to our social tariff, which remains the only social tariff product on the market today which does not ask consumers to provide proof of eligibility.”

Otherwise, residential customers typically pay from £20 per month on 24-month term (optional term of 12-months) for a symmetric speed of 150Mbps with an included router (£22 thereafter), which rises to £49 for their top 3Gbps tier (£51 thereafter). On top of that they also have a special tariff that gives you 35Mbps speeds for just £12.50 per month on a 12-month term, which is technically a social tariff, except anybody can take it.

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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 mrpops2ko says:

    its a bit of a tangent and please dont feel im attacking it but i’ve wondered this for a while now, but why is it stated so many times in various articles ’10Gbps capable’ when the reality is that none of the ‘deploying a 10Gbps capable’ network providers, provide a 10Gbps service?

    Is this not analogous to tacking onto any virgin media post 2.5gb capable? (i think that was the speed limits of the CMTS? im working from memory so please correct me)

    I understand that knowing the hardware limits and max throughput speeds is useful information, but can others see the disparity? why do we point out one constantly and not the other?

    1. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Because the network infrastructure in use is 10gbit capable. Selling a 10gbit service is a commercial decision.

      Compare this to BT, where it’s a 1gbit capable network, selling a 1 gbit capable service.

      That’s the differential.

      Re: Virgin. Their network was trialed only at that speed, and with the nature of their network – it’s not a given that it’s capable throughout. On the same logic, BT would be a 1.8gbit capable network (which doesn’t make sense)

    2. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Adding to the above, business packages on the same network can often be configured to go faster than the residential tiers, on request.

    3. Avatar photo M says:

      Wish Virgin would hurry up and stopping selling HFC packages to XGSPON customers >.< seems to be in the news a fair bit recently "500k premises" nice, extra 500k "HFC" houses out there, technology or not, still selling the same speeds at the HFC, and strangely same issues, like with the download working but not the upload, so you could hear friends etc on Discord, but they couldn't hear you, used to happen on the old HFC network years ago, and 6 years later I still get it on the XGSPON Network, weirdly never had this issue with OR network.

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