Lit Fibre has confirmed that Cirencester and Bishop’s Stortford will be the next towns to benefit from its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service as it finishes up its first deployment in Wiltshire.
The ISP, formerly known as ‘Broadreach Networks’, aims to have 500,000 homes in the UK connected to its 10Gbps-capable FTTP network by 2026.
Lit Fibre is targeting its services at small- to medium-sized towns, and began connecting Chippenham and Corsham in March this year.
The ISP has also received a cash injection from Newlight Partners LP for an unspecified amount.
Lit Fibre’s network is already functional in the Monkton Park area of Chippenham, with the rest of the town to receive a full service over the “coming months”.
Work is also already underway for their FTTP services in Cirencester and Bishop’s Stortford with the aim to have both areas go live later in the year.
CEO of Lit Fibre, Tom Williams, said: “We’re really pleased to announce our deployment in Bishop’s Stortford and Cirencester. We’ve focused on accelerating our deployment teams so that we can bring better broadband to more homes that desperately need upgrading to full-fibre. There is such a reliance on good connectivity in the home now, that we’re seeing high levels of demand for these services.
“Our experienced team know the importance of delivering a high quality, reliable and consistent network, and now we’re well underway in two more towns, we’re building a network that can improve the experience for many more people.”
Williams is a familiar name in the sector, having served previously as the COO of Hyperoptic and as the MD of BE Unlimited. Williams also headed up O2’s unbundled copper phone and broadband rollout.
However, Mark Jackson of ISPreview is sceptical about the areas Lit Fibre has chosen to deploy its services to.
“The biggest difficulty for Lit Fibre is that they seem to be deploying into areas where gigabit-broadband rivals are also keen to play. For example, Openreach has a few patches of FTTP in both Corsham and Chippenham, while Virgin Media covers a sizable chunk of Chippenham and Gigaclear are also busy deploying around much of the same area. Netomnia (YouFibre) also have plans for Chippenham,” Jackson said.
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