Fibrus Introduces Innovative Full Fibre Infrastructure to the North of England
The company, which is backed by M&G’s Infracapital, is already building network in Penrith and over the next three years plans to deliver full fibre broadband to 300,000 homes and business in 118 regional towns across Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire.
Making the announcement, Conal Henry, Fibrus’ Co-Founder and Chair said:
“People living in small towns and rural areas of the UK are tired of having no choice when it comes to broadband networks. For years they’ve been hearing only promises of proper broadband from the phone companies. Fibrus has shown in Northern Ireland that we can take on the rural network monopoly and win, so we plan to do exactly the same thing here in the North of England.”
In Northern Ireland, Fibrus is deploying its network to over 100 towns & villages with investment from Infracapital and is working with the Northern Ireland Executive to deliver Project Stratum to the hardest to reach parts of the country. In Northern England, the company plans to replicate its strategy.
“We will build in 118 small towns in Cumbria and across the North East. Beyond that, we will be bidding for BDUK Project Gigabit subsided programmes that will be launched in the coming months. If we are successful, Fibrus will deliver full fibre broadband networks to a large swathe of rural and regional England, areas which have previously only ever been offered an upgraded phone line from the incumbent.”
Fibrus’ new network has already reached 50,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland, with this figure set to double by December. When the company completes is projects in 2024, the total investment programme will be in excess of £300m with hyperfast full fibre services available to 40% of all premises in Northern Ireland.