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Full Fibre UK ISP Fibrus and eero Router Partnership Adds Echo Dots

Monday, Oct 30th, 2023 (1:11 pm) - Score 1,248
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Infracapital-backed broadband ISP Fibrus, which is building a 10Gbps capable full fibre (FTTP) network across Northern Ireland and North England, has today expanded their collaboration with Amazon’s eero mesh WiFi devices by “[offering] customers eero Built-in capable routers” at no extra cost and a FREE echo dot (5th gen).

The press release is slightly confusing as Fibrus has been offering their broadband packages alongside eero’s devices for some months (here), although this did initially only apply to their top two 300Mbps and 1Gbps packages. The new offer, which runs until 5th November, also includes a FREE echo dot (5th gen), allowing customers to increase their eero coverage with their Echo device.

NOTE: Fibrus has attracted over £750m of committed capital, including £235m from investors, £220m from a banking consortium and the rest as public subsidy (e.g. £197m Project Stratum – 85,000 premises by March 2025 in N.Ireland – and the £108m Project Gigabit contract for 60,000 premises in Cumbria, England – Hyperfast GB).

Otherwise, the operator’s FTTP network now covers 300,000 premises (273,000 RFS) and is home to 50,000 customers. But Fibrus aims to cover 1 million premises over the next 3 years (by Q1 2026) – reflecting around 450,000 in N.Ireland (c. 50% of homes in the region) and the rest from England and Scotland. A total of 400,000 UK premises are currently expected to be covered by March 2024 (i.e. 150,000 in a single year).

Neil Patterson, Product Manager at Fibrus, said:

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with eero and be at the forefront of the smart home evolution.

Echo Dot 5th Generation with built-in Wi-Fi capability will further enrich the smart home experience for our customers, empowering them with a more connected, seamless and intelligent lifestyle.

Thanks to the powerful combination of eero’s technology and Fibrus’ lightning-fast connections, this innovative product aligns with our commitment to delivering the latest in technological advancements to our customers at affordable prices.

So, whether working, learning or streaming from home, Fibrus customers will have access to reliable Wi-Fi throughout the home and be able to enjoy safe and secure online experiences.”

Customers of Fibrus typically pay from £24.99 per month for an unlimited 146Mbps (30Mbps upload) package with an included eero 6+ or eero Pro 6E router and free installation, which rises to £44.99 per month for their top 946Mbps (300Mbps upload) tier on a 24-month contract term. Service discounts may vary between different parts of their build.

NOTE: Infracapital also owns or has stakes in Gigaclear, Ogi, Neos Networks and WightFibre etc.
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  1. Avatar photo PoweredByVeg says:

    The new offer, which runs until 5th November, also includes a FREE echo dot (5th gen), allowing customers to increase their eero coverage with their Echo device.

    The above quote is incorrect isn’t it?

    I thought the echo dots with the eero feature built in hasn’t been turned on/approved for UK use?

    1. Avatar photo James says:

      You’re thinking of SideWalk system – This is referring to meshing dots with eero

    2. Avatar photo PoweredByVeg says:

      Thought this meshing dots with eero’s wasn’t available in the UK.

    3. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      I have seen and heard that using the Dots for extending the Wi-fi is not a good idea, unless you are not bothered about getting high speed from it.

      As for SideWalk, I am glad that have not got approval in the U.K, they would also have to rename it to pavement 🙂

      I wish ISPs did not bother about stuff like this and just concentrated on their network and the prices.

    4. Avatar photo Jamie says:

      I’ve enabled my Echo, works well.

    5. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

      @Jamie. Just what I heard, the dots don’t go up to the top speed of the eeros, 100Mb/s max and 10 devices. For most uses it will be fine. I would use it if I had it, after all why not?

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