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Local Artists Paint Some of Freedom Fibre’s UK Broadband Cabinets

Monday, Apr 29th, 2024 (3:27 pm) - Score 800

Alternative network operator Freedom Fibre, which has already rolled out their full fibre (FTTP) gigabit broadband ISP network to cover 300,000 UK premises and aspires to cover 2 million in the future, has engaged local artists and school children in the Irlam (Salford) area to help give their street cabinets a colourful lick of paint.

Most broadband street cabinets are fairly industrial looking and adopt a single colour, which usually sits somewhere between dark green and beige. But the act of engaging community artists to help give these structures a different appeal is a trend that has, in recent years, been growing in popularity.

NOTE: Equitix-backed Freedom Fibre mostly deploys networks in the North West of England.

For example, over the past couple of years we’ve witnessed various colourful examples from the likes of Ogi (here), Virgin Media (here), WightFibre (here) and many more. The same can now be said of Freedom Fibre after they sought to commission artworks for their active cabinets in parts of Irlam.

Although hiring a designer from the start would have been the more conventional option,” said the announcement, the team at Freedom Fibre wanted to showcase local talent and get the local community involved. “Therefore, we contacted local artists, businesses, and schools to see if there was any interest in contributing to the project.

The first cabinet to be given a new-look came from designs put forward by the pupils of Springwood Primary School, which was officially unveiled at the end of last week. Two local businesses also helped to bring the art to life on the cabinet – Works By MerÓ, who helped turn the handprints into a digital design, and Wyke who created the wrap for the active cabinet.

We are so proud of the students and the artwork they have created for us, and we are delighted to be able to display this art so publicly. If you’re out in Irlam, make sure you make a trip to see the active cabinet!,” said a spokesperson for the network operator. We suspect more cabinets in the area will soon follow suit.

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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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3 Responses
  1. Avatar photo MissTuned says:

    “Burley Banksy” has been doing this to various cabinets around Leeds for years!

    1. Avatar photo XGS says:

      Yeah he’s a legend. Always wonderful to see his work when next door. Might have to ask him to do a couple in Wakey 🙂

  2. Avatar photo Jason says:

    Nice , lucky the cabinets are so big to get the designs on

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