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Thousands to enjoy fix for slow download speeds as full-fibre rollout hits new milestone

Broadband supplier Trooli has reached another significant milestone in the rollout of its future-proofed full-fibre broadband. The internet provider, which is building an alternative network to the likes of BT and Virgin Media, has now connected 100,000 premises in the UK. Those connections are primarily found in parts of Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and East Sussex. 

With the latest milestone under its belt, Trooli says it’s on track to connect a further 30,000 premises in the next three months. By the end of the year, the internet supplier wants to have 170,000 premises under its belt – rising to 400,000 by December 2022 and one million by 2024.

Part of that expansion will cover new connections across Suffolk, while additional homes across Berkshire, East Sussex and Kent will be plugged in.

Trooli focuses on full-fibre connections. These next-generation cables are capable of delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps. That’s 1,000Mbps. For comparison, the average broadband speed across the UK recorded earlier this year was 71Mbps. 

While 1,000Mbps is probably a little excessive for most people right now. Busy households with multiple people working from home, making video conference calls, streaming films and shows in Ultra HD quality, streaming music, downloading updates for devices, backing up data to the cloud… will require much more than the UK average speed to avoid seeing the dreaded buffering symbol. 

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And as emerging technologies, such as Virtual Reality and 8K video quality, become more commonplace, the download speeds needed in the average home will only increase.

Full-fibre connections will be able to handle that extra load. However, connections that use ageing copper cables – which are much more limited and can be impacted by adverse weather – cannot step-up to cater to that demand.

Andy Conibere, Chief Executive Officer of Trooli, said: “I am delighted that we continue the trend of exceeding our homes passed target. And we do this while consolidating our position as the leading independent provider of full fibre in rural Kent and growing our presence across the South. These new extensions make us available to homes and businesses around Wraysbury and Ascot in Berkshire, Lewes and Heathfield in East Sussex, and includes over 14,500 premises around Hythe, Kemsing and Whitstable in Kent. 

“We are committed to maintaining our build momentum in these areas and are also excited to be launching in Suffolk. Demand for our 300Mbps, 500Mbps and 900Mbps packages has been extremely strong over the course of the last year and we expect this to continue as word spreads about how liberating it can be to have robust, ultrafast access to the internet.”

Trooli charges around £50 a month for its 300Mbps download speed. That includes 100Mbps upload speeds and free installation. If you want the superfast 900Mbps plan, you’ll need to pay £80 a month.

Those costs are a little higher than some of its rivals, including HyperOptic and CommunityFibre, but these likely reflect the extra costs associated with building infrastructure in rural towns and villages. 

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Virgin Media O2 tests a very important change to its full-fibre broadband rollout

Virgin Media O2 is testing its ability to recycle materials when rolling out its full-fibre broadband in Glasgow, Scotland. The latest trial saw aggregate materials, which are “basic” building materials and include rock, clay, silts, gravel, limestone and the like, re-used after the latest generation of broadband installed in the Cranhill area of the city.

Fresh off their multi-billion merger, Virgin Media O2 has some lofty goals when it comes to upgrading the vast number of homes across the UK to future-proofed broadband. The paid-for telly and internet firm plans to have 16 million premises under its belt by the end of the year. With that many connections, it’s hugely important to re-use and recycle as many materials as possible.

As it stands, Virgin Media O2 uses more than 100,000 tonnes of aggregate materials each year as part of its full-fibre upgrade, known as Project Lightning. While these are usually sourced from local quarries to limit the impact, switching to recycled aggregate could save more than 450 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, Virgin Media O2 says.

Given that Virgin Media O2 doesn’t plan to slow down its full-fibre rollout anytime soon – and with millions across the country still struggling with slow broadband speeds – it’s great to see the company looking at cutting emissions.

Rob Evans, Managing Director of Fixed Network Expansion at Virgin Media O2, said: “In every area of our business, whether it’s through the design of our products, the way we operate, or the materials we use when we’re building new network, we’re constantly evolving to help in the fight against climate change. This trial shows our commitment to doing things differently and reducing our environmental impact as we bring gigabit services to more homes and businesses on the streets of Glasgow and help to upgrade the UK.”

This isn’t the only initiative designed to reduce the impact on the environment that we’ve seen from Virgin Media O2. The company has also started to install some of their fibre cables through existing underground ducts created by Openreach for infrastructure for BT, Sky, TalkTalk and other rivals.

This has also reduced environmental impact and the amount of materials used in these broadband upgrades.

For those baffled by arch-rivals like Virgin Media and BT’s Openreach teaming up like this …there’s talk that collaboration will become even closer, with Virgin Media O2 even set to invest in the rollout of Openreach’s next-generation fibre broadband. BT broadband customers could have rival Virgin Media to thank for their latest speed boost

Virgin Media O2 has already announced plans to invest £10 billion over the next five years to support the UK Government’s push to roll out superfast broadband to 85 percent of the country by 2025 (Prime Minister Boris Johnson watered down his original general election pledge to get 100 percent of the country connected with future-proofed fibre cables due to the costs). Should Virgin Media O2 hit its promise to reach 16 million homes this year, it will alone have completed two-thirds of the Government’s target already.

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Thousands of TalkTalk customers will enjoy full-fibre broadband speed upgrade soon

Thousands of homes could soon be upgraded to full-fibre broadband from a new company you’re unlikely to have heard of. Internet supplier Freedom Fibre has announced plans to bring its gigabit-capable broadband to 100,000 people in the UK. To begin, most of these premises will be located across the North West, spanning Manchester and Cheshire, to name a few locations.
Freedom Fibre was established last year by CEO Neil Mcarthur, who has previously held senior roles at TalkTalk. And unlike some of the other newly-minuted full-fibre broadband firms, like WeFibre, WightFibre, Gigaclear, and CommunityFibre, it seems Freedom Fibre has no plans to interact directly with customers.

Instead, Freedom Fibre will install the next-generation infrastructure and then offer other more-established brands the opportunity to use the cabling to deliver faster speeds to their customers. And one company that plans to leverage the new Freedom Fibre network to 100,000 homes is TalkTalk.

The partnership was announced by Freedom Fibre in its company blog. It stated: “The new venture plans to build a state of the art, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000 Mbps) direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses initially in the North West, offering customers better quality and value.

“TalkTalk and Freedom Fibre share a joint ambition to connect as many customers and businesses as possible to TalkTalk’s Future Fibre product across the next 5 years and beyond and we firmly believe FULL Fibre should be a right and NOT a privilege, accessible to all. As such we are embarking on a highly collaborative joint business plan together.”

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As it stands, TalkTalk uses Openreach’s infrastructure to deliver broadband nationwide. Openreach, which is owned by BT, is unmatched when it comes to coverage across the UK, however, when it comes to speed – it’s increasingly falling behind rivals. Smaller start-ups, like Hyperoptic and Gigaclear, have been able to claw away market-share by offering faster speeds to people who never want to see the buffering symbol again, in limited areas. Meanwhile, Virgin Media has been rapidly expanding its own gigabit-capable broadband footprint.

Virgin Media hopes to reach a total of 16 million homes wired-up with its next-generation fibre broadband by the end of this year. In that same period, Openreach will have some 4.5 million premises connected to gigabit-capable broadband. As a result, it’s not that surprising that some of the biggest brands that rely on Openreach are looking elsewhere. With TalkTalk purportedly in advanced talks to move some of its customers over to the Freedom Fibre infrastructure to boost speeds, internet-obsessed blog ISPreview has also reported that Sky is looking to ditch Openreach in favour of Virgin Media’s network in the coming months.

If all of this means more people will be able to access speedier broadband, we’re all for it.

Last year, researchers concluded that the UK’s tardiness to upgrade ageing copper cables to full-fibre had resulted in the average home broadband connection in the UK taking twice as long to download a movie compared to the average home in western Europe. Overall, Britain plunged 13 places in the annual study on broadband speeds across 221 countries and territories worldwide.

The UK now ranks 47th when it comes to the fastest broadband speeds, despite being the sixth strongest economy on the planet. Yikes.

The report, which was published in September last year, used the results of 577 million broadband speed tests worldwide to complete its ranking. The results saw the UK’s average broadband speed rank as the eighth slowest in western Europe, with home-workers and boxset bingers in 21 other countries, including Spain, Germany and France, enjoying faster average speeds.

While in the UK it takes 18 minutes on average to download a 5GB film to watch at home, Spanish streamers only have to wait 12 minutes, while those in Switzerland only have six minutes to kill before the opening credits roll.

According to Ofcom, a little over 10 percent of UK homes have access to gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband, compared with well over 80 percent in a number of other developed countries.

Most broadband delivered over ageing copper connections range between 24Mbps to 80Mbps and can be negatively impacted by the weather – and large numbers of people in your neighbourhood logging on at the same time. Meanwhile, full-fibre has much greater bandwidth – so shouldn’t see any noticeable speed drops even when demand is high. Not only that, but it’s not impacted by a stormy night and can hit top speeds of well over 1,000Mbps.

It also boasts improved upload speeds, which means you’ll be able to upload videos to Instagram, back up important files on your smartphone or PC, and collaborate on documents and make video calls without any stutters too.

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Switching to a new broadband deal? Full-fibre firm Hyperoptic has solved one major issue

Broadband supplier Hyperoptic has announced a clever new plan to avoid one of the biggest hurdles when installing connections in customers homes – drilling unsightly holes in walls and running cables between rooms to find the best spot for the Wi-Fi router. It’s something all broadband companies have to contend with, although it’s something that crops up more frequently for broadband suppliers that don’t use Openreach’s infrastructure.
While you can switch between broadband companies that use the same Openreach cables (BT, EE, Sky, TalkTalk, and more) without a visit from an engineer or any fresh holes drilled into your home, suppliers that rely on their own cables will most likely need to connect-up your home when you take out a contract for the first time. Hyperoptic is making that process much less painful than it could be with its new “discreet cabling installation,” which now comes standard with its full-fibre service.

According to the broadband firm, which specialises in gigabit-capable broadband (that’s around 15 times faster than the average home broadband speed nationwide) in cities, using its new discreet option wouldn’t take any longer than existing methods. In fact, Hyperoptic believes it will speed up installation in some apartment blocks by as much as 50 percent.

As well as being used to quietly snake cables around the hallways of the building – something that Hyperoptic believes will be especially useful in apartment blocks without existing ducts or free spaces – this discreet cabling can used inside customer homes too. Measuring as little as two millimetres in diameter, a small drop of adhesive is all that’s needed to keep the cable in place, so there’s no need for eyesores like clips and fixings to keep the cable in place. Not only that, but as the cable is so svelte, holes between rooms can be hidden away in a corner or ceiling duct.

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Not only is this new technology – dubbed InvisiLight – much more aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also able to bend at 90-degree angles (allowing it to follow the corners of the room tucked behind a skirting board, for example) with no deterioration in broadband performance.

The in-home installation will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes, Hyperoptic claims.

Announcing the innovation for at-home installation, Hyperoptic Business Development Managing Director, Liam McAvoy said: “Deploying fibre inside buildings can be difficult and expensive. Our new discreet service is fast to install, practically invisible, and can be surface-mounted in hallways and between floors, to seamlessly connect residents to our gigabit-enabled services. We’re committed to providing a best-in-class service that enables us to go beyond the expected for our 250 plus developer partners. By using this new discreet cabling, we’re taking our installation experience to the next level.”

It’s worth noting that Hyperoptic isn’t the only supplier that relies on InvisiLight technology to kit-out apartment blocks and individual homes. Openreach, which has connected around 4.5 million homes to its ultra-fast gigabit-capable broadband, is using InvisiLight to tackle some sites too.

Hyperoptic – which only offers future-proofed gigabit-capable fibre – is available in around 43 towns and cities across the UK. It has connected some 400,000 homes nationwide, with a total of two million homes pledged by the end of 2021. A total of five million premises expected by the end of 2024.

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