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Ogi Revisits Full Fibre Rollout Plan for Rural Pembrokeshire

Thursday, Dec 21st, 2023 (12:01 am) - Score 1,640

Welsh broadband ISP Ogi has informed ISPreview that they’re having to “re-plan” some of their complex rural full fibre (FTTP) network builds in the Pembrokeshire area of South Wales, which occurred after they unearthed some “previously unknown challenges” during the engineering survey stage.

The situation came to light after we started hearing of some challenges with the operator’s planned deployment across the recently announced seaside town of Tenby (here), as well as some other parts of their Pembrokeshire build. This area is currently being delivered by regional civil engineering partner Network Plus.

NOTE: Ogi is backed by £200m via Infracapital, employs over 210 staff and aims to cover 150,000 premises in South Wales by 2025.

According to Ogi, the operator’s build is actually running ahead of schedule in the Pembrokeshire area, and they were thus expecting to slow down a bit at the start of 2024. But this desire appears to have been compounded by some unexpected challenges.

Chief Delivery Officer, Steve Cooper, said:

“Rural builds in regions like Pembrokeshire are complex and need to be planned carefully. Recent surveys have unearthed some previously unknown challenges that mean we need to revisit our network plans in the area and, working with the Local Authority and our partners, re-plan some works. This means that while physical activity may not be as visible during the first few months of 2024, we will be working behind the scenes, making sure we can overcome these challenges out in the field first time.

Together with Network Plus, we’ve already reached almost half of Pembrokeshire – a huge achievement that has seen us commit over £40m to the area to date.”

The early part of next year will now be spent on finalising the routes for Tenby and to work out the logistics now that they’ve been able to survey the whole town. Network Plus will work throughout January to finish already announced towns, while at the same time Ogi will be planning for the next phase in the region (to be announced).

Customers of the service can expect to pay from £30 per month for an unlimited plan with downloads of 150Mbps (15Mbps upload) and an included wireless router on a 24-month term, which rises to £60 for their top 900Mbps (90Mbps upload) plan. New customers will also get 6 months FREE broadband and evening and weekend voice calling.

The operator has so far covered a total of 60,000 premises up to July 2023 (up from 47,500 in March 2023) and have added 6,000 customers “in less than a year” (here).

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By Mark Jackson
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3 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Ryan says:

    Joined ogi during black Friday sale. Got the 900 download pack for £30/month. The service was installed 2 days after ordering it!! So far I’ve been pleased with the connection and extremely pleased with my improvemenf in latency for online gaming. I think I’m one of the few lucky customers in Pembrokeshire to go live so far. I don’t live far from Tenby. I was actually flabbergasted to receive full fibre connection considering I was previously stuck on good old copper with 2 download and relied on 4g to do most internet tasks. We live in a very rural area and I think many companies don’t get enough credit when they invest the time and money upgrading such connections because we all know OR aren’t bothered.

  2. Avatar photo Guy says:

    Its been a disaster. The streets are a mess and the installations into the home have not been thought of properly.
    They’ve damageda lot of Openreachs network and seriously annoyed the local authority.

    It does appear as Network plus will be gone after Jan. They’ve already laid off a lot of the civils

  3. Avatar photo Richard says:

    Not just Civils but also the office staff who were employed from the local area, the sub contractors that have built the network over the past few years will also be affected by this and the people they employ. I doubt they will just be able to wait a few months for Ogi to sort out the challenges for Tenby that they have encountered even though Tenby has been planned for a number of months and walked out by NP along with Ogi staff.
    It will be a difficult for ogi to find local skilled resource to complete the build when they start it again. lets hope this isn’t another Broadway in the making.

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