British Fibre Networks connects first new build homes

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Start-up FTTH infrastructure provider British Fibre Networks (BFN) has begun delivering on its ambition to connect over 35% of new build homes to pure fibre by 2020, with over 2,000 homes signed up in the past month working in partnership with a growing panel of house builders.  BFN is working alongside house builders at the digging stage, to lay fibre cables to each property. Following securement of the plot, homeowners will have a choice of broadband providers from British Fibre Networks’ ISP partners, all of which are in the national top 20 based on reputation. It also means that for the first time, homes will be connected before the occupier moves in.

BFN is one of a growing number of regional FTTH infrastructure providers in the UK who are offering guaranteed speeds over fibre in response to the more traditional ‘up to’ speeds touted by the established networks. BFN has already begun installation for house-builder LW Group, in a new build apartment block in North Wales, and further work is set to begin shortly on developments in Cheshire and Liverpool.

The company says homeowners will experience speeds of up to 1Gbs, which is significantly faster than the speeds reported by national regulator Ofcom in its most recent annual survey. According to Ofcom, 59% of connections in urban areas had average speeds over 30Mbps during peak time and 17% were under 10Mbps. For rural areas, only 23% of connections achieved speeds over 30Mbps at peak time, with 53% under 10Mbps.

The first BFN connected site means that the company is already delivering on proposals outlined by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport recently in its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, stipulating that all new build homes should be fitted with full-fibre broadband as standard.

CEO of BFN, Elfed Thomas said, “For too long, builders and homeowners have been misled by companies who claim to offer ‘full fibre’, when the last tail of that network is actually copper. Even if the new Government proposals for UK-wide full fibre broadband by 2033 come to fruition, the ambiguity around the term will no doubt continue, unless stricter regulations are put in place to prevent misuse of the term. Our approach has surpassed Government policy, and we aim to add value for house builders who can now offer a home with genuine pure fibre connectivity.” He adds, “We are taking a neutral position in that we are not an ISP; we are simply ensuring new homes have the infrastructure that can connect to a choice of broadband providers. There is no higher service quality than the ISPs we have partnered with. With our infrastructure, homes will always be connected before the homeowner moves in, so builders will no longer risk disappointing customers. The builders we are working with are ahead of the curve in providing pure fibre connectivity and we expect many more to follow suit as the benefits to both them and their customers become apparent.”

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