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IX Wireless Move Ahead with Broadband Rollout Plan for Tameside

Saturday, Oct 14th, 2023 (12:02 am) - Score 3,000
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Network operator IX Wireless, which is building a new UK fibre-fed fixed wireless broadband network – supported by ISP 6Gi (not related to 6G mobile technology), appears close to expanding their existing roll-out into Tameside (Greater Manchester) after it applied to Oldham council for 29 poles to be installed, each 15 metres high.

The company has previously spoken of their aspiration to cover 250,000 UK homes and business with their new network, before rising to 500,000 by the end of 2022, 950,000 by the end of 2023 and then 4 million by 2025 (here). The operator is currently known to be building across parts of Accrington, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Fleetwood, Nelson and Thornton-Cleveleys, although they’ve yet to confirm how many premises have been covered.

On top of that IXW has also previously spoken of their plans for expanding into Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford and Tameside. The focus today is on the latter, where a new report from RGR notes that the operator has just applied to Oldham council for 29 poles to be installed.

The article mentions that the new network will offer broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps, although it also highlights a plan to launch 1Gbps connections by the end of 2023. But at present the fastest available package on 6Gi’s service is still a 100Mbps (20Mbps upload) tier that costs £26.99 per month on a 24-month term (including free installation). The package is very affordable, even if the performance level is fairly pedestrian when compared with rival full fibre networks.

As we recall, this is all because IXW’s current wireless network is based off the 802.11ac (WiFi 5) chipset from Qualcomm, which they claim “comfortably delivers speeds of 200Mbps to end users“. This speed is halved via 6GI for their residential packages as “they guarantee the speed, enabling the customer to cancel at any time, if not achieved.”

Back in 2021 they were also conducting trials of 802.11ax Release 2 (WiFi 6) based kit, which they told ISPreview (here) was expected to deliver 300Mbps to users, for the same price as the current 100Mbps tier, during Q4 2024 for new towns. In other words, we doubt home users will see a true 1Gbps package by the end of 2023, but you never know.

The move is interesting because Tameside is already well covered by 1Gbps broadband networks from Virgin Media, Openreach, ITS Technology and others – many of which involve superior Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology. But what really matters is how much it’s costing IXW to pass each property and how much take-up they’ve generated, none of which is currently public information.

In any case, the move to expand should deliver an extra choice to locals in the areas they serve, even though they’ve tended to attract quite a few complaints due to the size of their poles. The operator has also faced criticism in the media, with reports by LancsLive (here) and Sky News (here) raising questions about an empty office at IXW’s registered Ribble House address and donations to 24 MPs “with no clear reason why” (according to Westminster Accounts, the donations totalled £138,000).

Not to mention that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently caught up with some of 6Gi’s questionable branding decisions (here).

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Mark-Jackson
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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23 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Disappointed of Hyde says:

    Tameside is well covered by its, who only do business connections. Virgin media isn’t in all areas but is still expanding and openreach have left loads of dead spots which need mdus or side streets they just can’t be bothered with, at least in Hyde. I can tell ya that I get about 3-400mbit with Three or Vodafone 5G though so I don’t know why IX are even bothering, they’re already in the area but nobody has signed up. Everyone hates their poles so I hope local residents just drive them away. See the Godley transmitter story as an example.

  2. Avatar photo Anonymous says:

    I’d not come across Westminster Accounts before, so thanks for highlighting that. Looking at the deluge of money being thrown at politicians, I’d have thought £180k doesn’t buy you more than a few letters (perhaps that’s all IX want).

    But overall, what a disgusting swamp of greed and hypocrisy parliament and the main parties are. If I win the Euromillions, I think I’ll buy myself a prime minister and a couple of cabinet ministers, have them dance to my tune.

  3. Avatar photo Alastair says:

    They’ve rebranded as “Opus Broadband” in the Blackpool area and are offering a 300 down 50 up package for 29.99.

    The giant metal receiver poles are the ones people are getting mad at, mostly, but the wooden telephone poles and their own badly strung fibre are the real ugly about them coming to your street.

    1. Avatar photo Carlos says:

      We really don’t need this in Blackpool. VM in most places and OpenReach currently running fibre.

    2. Avatar photo Alastair says:

      Spotted that in the areas where they offer 300mbit, they’ve literally just added a second run of fibre strung up from pole to pole. Wonder how many they’ll need to offer gigabit?

    3. Avatar photo Alastair says:

      @Carlos – would prefer things to move a little quicker for those of us stuck in not spots, though – Cleveleys was pulled from the rollout completely a few months ago after being “next 12 months” at the beginning of the year, while CityFibre started in Bispham and are slowly moving outwards from there.

      Openreach are doing South Shore at the moment at a glacial pace, while I’m sat in the Marton exchange area in an address with no Virgin coverage hoping someone comes near me this side of 2026!

  4. Avatar photo Shaw Resident says:

    Resiidents across Oldham and surrounding towns are taking all sorts of actions to stop IX Wireless from putting up thier very ugly 15metre (49 feet) metal masts and strings of telegraph poles. The company has a constantly shifting portfolio of names and tactics to try and mislead people. I fully expect that once the fella at the head of this company has exhausted the government grants handed out to companies offering high speed broadband then he will fold all the companies he has (IX WIRELESS, 6G INTERNET, OPUS, TOTAL CARE, etc) and bugger off to Dubai like he did after his TIME coMputers fiasco.

  5. Avatar photo Stuart Gibson says:

    Could they not apply for one pole and use PAI from open reach to get it done quicker and without as much push back from those that live in the 1800’s

    If open reach have the infrastructure and you can get it cheap, then exploit it while you can.

    1. Avatar photo Shaw Resident says:

      Have you seen an IX Wireless mast installation? It isnt’t the same thing as a 5G mast installed by a proper company like Openreach, Three or Virgin. Its a lashup of wooden poles and a unpainted steel mast that looks like it was knocked up in an 1800,s blacksmiths. You shoul let IX Wireless know you want this on your street.

  6. Avatar photo XGS says:

    Now these guys are on another level and give pole use across the board a bad name.

    I’m broadly supportive of use of poles to deliver full fibre where there’s no viable alternative. This is neither full fibre to homes or being done where there’s no viable alternative.

    These guys are scarring the streetscape to deliver obsolete services.

  7. Avatar photo Cash for poles says:

    Is this the same company run by the ex Tine Computer CEO that made suspicious donations to MP’s to get those erected. Had the pleasure of meeting with them one. Stupid concept compared to FTTP especially given ac is out of date.

    1. Avatar photo Nobody says:

      The picture of the router on the “Opus Broadband” website (which is another brand used by 6G/IX Wireless etc) actually carries the former Time Computers logo… https://opusbroadband.com/opus/images/home/router-shadow-right-desktop.png

    2. Avatar photo Carlos Fandango says:

      The short answer is yes! They try and hide this fact but ultimately if you trace through Persons of Significant Control via Companies House you will see that it eventually lands on LimeField Group Ltd, where a Mr Tahir Moshan owns 75% or more of shares. This is the same Tahir Moshan of Time/Granville.

  8. Avatar photo Gavin says:

    This company feels like a del boy company, trying to make a quick buck before it eventually becomes obsolete in the next few years.

    1. Avatar photo Dubious says:

      I agree. Something doesnt seem quite right. Seems like a sham, front. If you look at what theyre offering & the tech etc. and the donations etc. No investigations?

  9. Avatar photo Anon says:

    Noone wants this! If you go to the trouble to install fibre to the pole why not just go the full way, to the home – is installing a fibre cable that hard?
    This is the most ridiculous altnet I’ve ever seen.
    Im sure they would be doing financially way better without this wireless nonsense.

  10. Avatar photo Tom J says:

    I have to say using wireless technology that is very quickly going to become obsolete doesn’t sound like a great idea. At least with copper and fiber the services being sent down them can continue to be innovated on.

  11. Avatar photo Mr Paul Griffiths says:

    We don,t want any more unsightly poles installed and exposed cables.Any more services infrastructure should be run within established below ground shared cable routes and avoid any more digging up of public highways and pavements. The local planning authority should not give approval.

  12. Avatar photo Gadet34 says:

    I agree with all the comments on here. We are in Oldham and currently getting Openreach and Youfibre rolled out. This approach just seems a quick and cheap way to deploy a sub standard WiFi network compared to the FTTP. The poles should be restricted for distribution of fibre to the premises but ideally in areas without existing poles the underground ducts should be used.
    It’s likely this company will go under and we will be left with a load of poles no longer required…
    I am guessing they don’t actually deploy their own fibre to the cabinets? Are they just getting an Openreach fibre and distributing it by WiFi? I only say this as I haven’t seen much activity from them. Compared to Openreach and Youfibre in terms of rollout.

  13. Avatar photo anon says:

    brings fibre to within stones throw of your house.
    uses wifi for the last leg.
    wut.

  14. Avatar photo Tellytubby says:

    Im nit very tech savvy.. can someone tell me whats the difference between 5G mobile broadband (from the mobilephone networks) and this IX wireless ?

    1. Avatar photo Anon says:

      5g is a mobile network standard, IX Wireless (the company is named 6G) is just a normal wireless receiver that is attached to the roof of a house.

      They should get in trouble for that fraudulent name!

      The company is based on a stupid idea of slowing down fast fixed home fibre with wireless trash.

  15. Avatar photo Vapor Rummage says:

    In my area planning notices have been posed on lamp posts notifying us that this amazing “gigabit capable” next generation wireless network is coming and where they will be sticking their poles.

    All seems very misleading, and reviews from users in areas where this service exists are not good. It also seems like they are very good at moderating negative comments on social media posts about their services.

    Unfortunately in my area, the council are very much in the pocket of this company and refuse to do anything but approve and support them.

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