Full Fibre Broadband Comes to the Fylde Coast

Full fibre broadband comes to the Fylde Coast soon, as Blackpool will be one of the first UK towns and cities to get full fibre gigabit broadband1. It’s as a result of a multi-million pound investment that will deliver the fastest, most resilient broadband internet connection on the market. 

A co-operative group from the private and public sectors are working together to roll out FIBRE BLACKPOOL a local full fibre network that will give an improved broadband internet connection to residents and businesses on the Fylde Coast. 

Full Fibre Broadband Comes to the Fylde Coast

The launch of the Fibre Blackpool initiative is a result of £3.1m of funding that was secured in Spring 2018 through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The grant has been used to expand a shared fibre infrastructure into Blackpool town centre and along the length of the coast’s tramline, from Squires Gate Lane and Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone all the way to Fleetwood and Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zone, thus future-proofing the town with a full ‘fibre to the premises’ (FTTP) connection.

Shaun Fensom, secretary of the Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI) said, “Over the next two years we’ll be working with Blackpool to unlock a state-of-the-art fibre network for the benefit of both residents and businesses. The network will enable Internet service providers – members of our cooperative – to deliver some of the fastest internet connections available in the UK. They’ll be investing to connect businesses and residents along the Fylde Coast and in the two Enterprise Zones. That will mean faster, better connections, and bring yet more investment to Blackpool.”

Register your Interest

Network operator and CNI founding member, ITS has been quick to make use of this network to benefit local businesses who can now register their interest for gigabit capable broadband and connectivity services. Its network is already live in Blackpool’s town centre and its planned rollout will be completed during 2020.

Daren Baythorpe, CEO of ITS said: “Our network utilises CNI’s infrastructure, but we are also investing in, and laying additional full fibre cable so that even more premises can be connected to this fantastic network to benefit from gigabit services. We are already getting a lot of enquiries and we encourage businesses to register their interest as we will build to where there is demand.

“As a network operator, we work with our partners so that businesses can get the right services and best deals for their needs. We are providing an offer that caters for businesses and organisations of all sizes, shapes and connectivity budgets and we are delighted to be working with the local authorities to fulfil their full fibre vision for the area.”

Connecting with Fibre Blackpool means:

  • Fast reliable performance, no more buffering watching juddery videos or waiting for hours for films and music to upload
  • Hyperfast speeds to power your bandwidth hungry applications – it will handle anything you throw at it from Netflix, Office 365, gaming online, voice over telephony and payroll services
  • Competitively priced services to fulfil your individual requirements and premium services also available where a dedicated line is required

How do local residents and businesses benefit from the investment?

Gigabit vouchers, which are a one-off contribution to SMEs and residents, can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. 

  • Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.
  • Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.

Residents and businesses can access the voucher scheme by registering their interest with one of the suppliers involved in the FIBRE BLACKPOOL scheme and who are working to deliver full fibre in the local area. The scheme is supplier-led which means suppliers will be requesting the voucher on behalf of their customers.

What’s full fibre?

The UK has more than 94% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher (in some areas Virgin is offering up to 500 Mb). However most superfast connections rely on copper telephone wires or TV cables from a box on the street to the home or place of business, which are limited in the speeds they can support, so for the fastest and most reliable broadband delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.  

What’s a gigabit?

  • Gigabit broadband is an internet connection that offers speeds of 1 Gigabit per second (1Gb) or more
  •  1 Gigabit = 1,000 Megabits so it’s a big leap in connection speeds
  • A 1GB service would allow you to download a HD film in seconds
  • Full fibre services are capable of being symmetrical – meaning the download and upload speeds are the same.

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