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ISP Brsk Add 2 West Yorkshire Towns to UK Full Fibre Rollout

Thursday, Nov 16th, 2023 (9:45 am) - Score 1,440
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Network builder and broadband ISP Brsk has announced that they’ve added the two West Yorkshire towns of Brighouse and Elland to their ongoing roll-out plan for a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the Midlands of England (rollout plan). The expansion will also include surrounding locations.

The operator, which is fuelled by an investment of at least £259m, tends to focus its network on parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands in England (e.g. Cottingley, Clayton, Bradford, Accrington and more). The long-term aim is to pass 1 million homes by 2026 and they’ve already covered 358,000 premises (10th Nov 2023), albeit falling to 346K for those considered ‘Ready for Service’ (the gap largely reflects wayleave delays in secured MDU coverage for apartment blocks).

NOTE: Brsk is backed by investment from Advencap and the Ares Management Corp. The company is also home to 14,000 customers (21st Aug 2023).

In terms of their West Yorkshire build, the operator recently celebrated connecting 10,000 customers in the Bradford region. Currently, the operator’s local network covers North, West and South Bradford, where 75,000 homes and businesses can now choose to take up a full fibre broadband service, with 35,000 more in the pipeline to be connected by the end of 2024.

The latest areas in Bradford to be connected to full fibre include Wibsey Slack, Bankfoot South, Little Horton South, Upper Wyke, Wyke Common and Wibsey Slack. Suffice to say that the future addition of 20,000 premises in Brighouse and 12,000 in Elland – in the same region – will complement all this. Speaking of which, Hove Edge has been named as the first area in Brighouse to be rolled out, with additional areas soon to follow.

The expansion into Brighouse and Elland is also set to reach a number of surrounding locations, but the details of that have yet to be announced (expected “shortly“).

Darryl Nieuwenhuizen, brsk Regional Head for Lancashire, said:

“Strong digital connectivity has become fundamental to our daily lives and we are proud to serve the community’s connectivity needs for decades to come. As a challenger broadband provider, we are also proud to provide customers with more choice and better service to customers who have been taken advantage of, for far too long.”

Prices on brsk’s packages typically start from £25 per month (currently discounted to £18) for an unlimited 100Mbps symmetric speed package (inc. a free installation and router), which rises to £49 for their top 900Mbps package (currently discounted to £30). In addition, there’s also a “guarantee” of “no price rises” during that term and most plans are currently running price discounts.

Over the past year we’ve seen quite a few alternative networks adopt a more defensive posture in light of rising build costs and weaker than ideal take-up, but brsk is one of those that seems to be bucking that trend and continuing to grow their build.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Andrew says:

    Why are so many different people trying to overbuild each other? I don’t see the point, Cityfiber are doing a great job, they have the fastest network. because they built it correctly unlike Openreach – Who provides 900 down and 110 up and calls that good? We need them to match

    1. Avatar photo XGS says:

      The 900/110 is nothing to do with how the networks were built. Nearly all of CityFibre’s customers are using the same FTTP technology Openreach use.

      By that measure the only networks built properly are the ones that never used that standard, GPON.

      Openreach’s FTTP network is good. How they use it a different matter.

  2. Avatar photo Craig Sanderson says:

    Could any alt net pls come to Ilkley LS29 and provision something that would provide an alternative to VM???

    1. Avatar photo John says:

      That’s on Netomnias rollout. They started building the area a few months ago

    2. Avatar photo Steve says:

      Same, but in LS25!

  3. Avatar photo Mort says:

    If only brsk would finish Stockport instead of leaving huge areas with nothing like Openreach, it’d be great news

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