Full Fibre has announced 100,000 additional homes and businesses, across 11 locations, where the majority of premises will be able to access the company’s gigabit internet services within the next 12 months.
Those locations are: Leominster, Shrewsbury, Bayston Hill, Ross-on-Wye, Oswestry, Wem, Droitwich, Stourport-on-Severn, Malmesbury, Cam and Dursley. Full Fibre’s investment in these 11 market towns marks the start of its goal to reach over 500,000 premises by 2025.
The company said its FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) investment into these towns will provide speeds up to 10 Gbps. This can help unlock social mobility, economic recovery and provide an ecosystem to support future development.
Oliver Helm, CEO, Full Fibre (pictured), explained, “Businesses across Britain, and the amazing people working for them, need access to ultrafast internet connections, at work and at home, to enable them to compete nationally and internationally, but those outside dense urban areas and major cities are being disadvantaged by the lack of investment in their digital infrastructure.
“These chosen areas are currently restricted to ageing copper connections, not meeting with the needs of modern, homeworking families. It’s vital that everyone in a community gets access to ultrafast, reliable services and the opportunities that come with it.”
This announcement follows last week’s announcements from Ofcom, around its regulatory plans to incentivise the fibre rollout, and from the government, around its plan to invest £5bn in delivering gigabit broadband across the country. Full Fibre’s investment in these new areas, including some of those mentioned in the government announcement, will speed up access to gigabit broadband.
Full Fibre said it presents an opportunity for local and medium-sized ISPs to supply services that better compete with their competitors, while enabling larger ISPs to drive FTTP adoption and benefit from the lower associated in life costs and lower customer churn.