UK ISP Giganet (M12 Solutions) today announced that its Gigabit-speed Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service over CityFibre’s network is being extended to add 22 more towns and cities, which will bring their total coverage of this platform to 27. The operator has also added new locations to its own fiber build.
Earlier this month, the supplier announced a huge investment of £ 250m with Fern trade, which will allow them to build their own fiber optic network to 300,000 premises in underserved areas of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (here). But at the same time, the operator will also continue to expand the availability of FTTP through Openreach and CityFibre’s wholesale networks in different regions of the country, in order to maximize coverage.
So far, the CityFibre-based side of Giganet’s service has already been announced for Portsmouth, Swindon, Reading, Plymouth, Crawley and Horsham, but they have today added 22 more locations including Bath, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Brighton & Hove, Bury. St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chatham and Gillingham, Cheltenham and Charlton Kings, Chichester and Arun, Eastbourne, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Maidenhead, Norwich, Peterborough, Poole and Christchurch, Slough, Southend, Weston-super-Mare, Worcester and Worthing.
As far as we know, this is the biggest announcement of service availability on CityFibre’s new FTTP broadband network, by any UK ISP, since Vodafone first joined the same platform. times in 2018. Giganet also connects each new area to its core network via high capacity local data links.
Giganet CEO Jarlath Finnegan said:
“Our latest expansion with CityFibre will allow us to connect more homes than ever across the UK, with honest, direct access to the best high-speed fiber optics. In addition to our recent £ 250million investment project, we are very proud of the steps Giganet has taken to become one of the country’s leading internet providers. “
CityFibre is currently investing £ 4bn as part of its plan to cover 1million UK premises with an alternative FTTP network by the end of 2021 (over 650,000 have already been reached), then 8million of premises in 285 towns, cities and villages – c. 30% from UK (here). This last objective should be “practically finishedBy the end of 2025.
Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:
“We are delighted that Giganet has chosen CityFibre’s networks to support its next-generation full-fiber broadband offering to millions of homes across the South.
We are proud to offer a new world-class digital infrastructure platform for ISPs that provides them with improved products and an economy, as well as a true competitive advantage. Giganet’s rapid expansion demonstrates the enormous potential of dynamic and exciting new brands to seize the full fiber opportunity.
Today’s announcement should eventually allow the ISP to serve more than 1.8 million homes in the south of England with full fiber service. However, we have to point out that other ISPs on the CityFibre platform (e.g. Zen Internet, TalkTalk, Vodafone, etc.) are also gradually expanding their availability as new zones are brought into service, although Currently, your ISP choices vary from place to place.
Customers in Giganet’s CityFibre areas will typically pay from just £ 37 per month for an unlimited 500 Mbps (symmetrical speed) plan over a 12 month contract term, which is £ 40 per month if you want them. best 900 Mbps package. A free wireless router is included in this price.
Earlier in this article we also mentioned Giganet’s separate and independent FTTP deployment in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex. Until now, we knew that some of the first locations to benefit from this construction would include Wimborne, Ferndown, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the communities between (i.e. mainly the Dorset area and Hampshire). But we understand that the village of Henfield (West Sussex), Designs (Wiltshire) and Tadley (Hampshire) has just been added and is expected to be commissioned in the coming months (neighboring communities will benefit as well).