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Quickline Hails Progress Building FTTP Broadband to Isle of Axholme

Tuesday, Apr 30th, 2024 (10:40 am) - Score 880

Broadband ISP Quickline, which is building a new gigabit-capable full fibre (FTTP) and fixed wireless (5G FWA) network across rural and semi-rural parts of North England and beyond, has revealed that their service has now gone live for thousands of premises in villages across the Isle of Axholme area in North Lincolnshire (England).

The full fibre network went live in the village of Westwoodside in January 2024, following the lighting up of Belton at the end of 2023. Meanwhile, work is now complete to bring full fibre broadband to further addresses across the Isle of Axholme, with the network being extended into communities including Beltoft, West Butterwick, Althorpe and Derrythorpe who can now get connected. More than 2,500 properties in these areas are now able to connect.

NOTE: Quickline’s full fibre network already covers 65,000 UK premises (Nov 2023), which is up from 10,000 at the end of 2022.

And, as part of the government funded Project Gigabit contract recently awarded to Quickline, communities including Crowle, East Lound, Graizelound, Owston Ferry and Wroot are also set to be connected to gigabit-capable, full fibre over the next few months and years.

Residential customers reached by their new full fibre network are typically charged from £29 per month on a 24-month term for 100Mbps (50Mbps upload) speeds with free installation, and that goes up to £49 for their top 900Mbps (450Mbps upload) tier. The first 3 months of service are also free.

Chris Akrill, Head of FTTP Operations at Quickline, said:

“Rural communities have been struggling with poor connectivity for a long time, with slow and unreliable broadband being a daily challenge.

At Quickline our focus is on closing the digital divide between urban and rural areas and connecting those hard-to-reach communities that other providers have left behind.

We’re delighted to be lighting up these communities across the Isle of Axholme where so many people living and working in these small hamlets and villages will really benefit.

We had already made good progress in this rural part of North Lincolnshire and now that we are delivering Project Gigabit for the government, we will be extending our network into many of the other outlying communities in the area.”

Quickline itself is currently being supported by funding of around £500m from Northleaf Capital Partners and c.£104m of public subsidy from Project Gigabit (here and here). The provider holds an aspiration to cove around 500,000 premises in rural and semi-rural areas across Northern England and beyond with “ultrafast broadband” via both their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and 5G based fixed wireless technology “by 2025” (here). Some 200,000 of those rural premises will be tackled by their wireless network, with the other half or more coming from FTTP.

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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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6 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Jonathan says:

    No part of Linconshire is in the North East of England. The suggestion that it is, is extremely offensive to those that actually live in the North East of England. Certainly the UK government does not make such offensive claims so perhaps get a map out next time.

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      To be fair, they say the “North of England and beyond” (I initially left out the ‘beyond’ part above, as it wasn’t specific enough). But it is fair to say that they should really be saying the North East and Midlands of England, although that wasn’t in the PR. I shall hence forth recommend summary execution at the earliest of convinces, so as not to cause such “extreme offence”.

    2. Avatar photo Relax.. it will be ok. says:

      Jonathan, are you feeling ok … I live in the NE of England and I am not offended in the slightest.
      My suggestion is you take the day off .. go to the beach perhaps in Grimsby and chill out.

    3. Avatar photo anon says:

      imagine being offended that a town located in the geographic north east is referred to as such. wow.

    4. Avatar photo Jonathan says:

      Nowhere in Lincolnshire is even in the north of England let alone the north east period. Only idiots from the South who think anything north of the Watford gap is the north of England can be so stupendously ignorant.

  2. Avatar photo Anon says:

    Went live in november in Belton on the 900/450 package and extremely happy with the service. It’s very strange they are avoiding building in Epworth which is the biggest village on the Isle. I know alot of residents that would go for quickline as the only choices in Epworth at moment are a round 40 on Openreach FTTC or garden dug up by Kcom. Quickline use Openreach poles which is a massive plus

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