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G.Network Partners Islington Council and GLA to Extend Full Fibre

Monday, Oct 30th, 2023 (12:07 pm) - Score 1,208
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Broadband ISP G.Network, which is rolling out a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to homes and businesses across parts of London, has agreed a new partnership (wayleave) with Islington Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to cover “thousands” of additional homes and reduce disruption.

The press release notes that “less than half of Islington premises can currently access a full fibre connection,” although it’s worth pointing out that this is more like 90% when you include Virgin Media’s existing gigabit-capable broadband network. Nevertheless, there’s clearly still a gap left to fill, and the new master wayleave agreement may help to solve some of that in Islington.

NOTE: G.N’s main investor is USS, which recently committed “up to an additional£150m (here).

Sadly, we aren’t told precisely how many premises in the borough will benefit, although the partnership also includes free fast broadband connections for a number of community facilities. Customers in social housing will no doubt also welcome the extra option of G.Network’s 50Mbps social tariff (£15 per month).

G.Network’s work in Islington is now being mirrored across the capital, with the full fibre provider collaborating with the GLA and other stakeholders on the ‘Dig-Once’ approach, which aims to reduce disruption, congestion and economic losses sometimes associated with infrastructure delivery. By working closely with the GLA, the operator has already been able to save 250 days of disruption to local London communities.

Kevin Murphy, CEO of G.Network, said:

“At G.Network, it’s our mission to provide Londoners with faster, more reliable broadband at an affordable price – and establishing and maintaining our status as a trusted partner to local authorities across London is core to fulfilling that. Many of London’s residents still rely on outdated broadband that simply isn’t fit for modern life. We’re therefore delighted to be working alongside authorities like Islington Council and the GLA to upgrade connectivity while minimising disruption so that residents and wider communities across the capital can make the most of our powerful 100% fibre broadband.”

The operator, which originally claimed to be committing around £1bn to support an aspiration for extending their full fibre network to cover 1.3 million premises in London by the end of 2026, has recently had a bit of a rough time due to funding problems, job cuts and a slowdown in their build (here). But the situation has since improved after more funding was secured and management changes were made.

The last build update we had from G.Network, in 2022, stated that they had covered 400,000 premises. But independent checking has – as of July 2023 – so far only been able to identify around 255,000 as being ready for service (here). Residential customers typically pay from £22 per month for a 150Mbps (50Mbps upload) package on a 24-month contract term (inc. £29 one-off installation fee), which rises to £48 for their top 1Gbps (symmetric) tier.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Obi says:

    Nice win for G Network, hope they’re more competent than Community Fibre when it comes to rollout. Have been waiting since mid 2021, likely to be stuck with ADSL till 2026.

    1. Avatar photo John says:

      Is this a joke? Community Fibre rolled out to 1.2m homes, up from <100k 5 years ago. Meanwhile Gnet is still below 200k and then announced layoffs

      Islington council, the home of communists who elected Corbyn, is behind pretty much every London council because they didn't sign their housing stock. Wandsworth, Southwark, Hammersmith, etc have had their stock connected many years ago

    2. Avatar photo Ben Dover says:

      John. That reply litteraly makes no sense.

    3. Avatar photo Greyscale says:

      A user with the same name left similar comments on another article from last year about Islington. Not sure why they feel the need to share their political views on a website about telecoms and networking.

    4. Avatar photo Gary says:

      OP made the weird claim that Gnet somehow has a more “competent” rollout than CF.

      Pointing out the numbers and the fact that all the other councils have had fibre to their buildings years ago is 100% correct and very clearly verifiable on Think Broadband

      It does not take an academic degree to understand

    5. Avatar photo binary says:

      @John

      If you think Islington really is a communist hotbed, then you have no real clue about Islington – either the district or the wider London Borough.

      (And FWIW, I’m no Corbyn fan.)

  2. Avatar photo Londoner says:

    This is laughable. G.N has been in discussion with Islington Council for years. It all got put on hold when the new management came in. Now they’ve changed their mind again, and they’re years behind Community Fibre and Hyperoptic.

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