Friday, February 15th, 2019 (10:41 am) – Score 11
A new estimate has suggested that Open Fibre Networks (OFN – formerly IFNL), which deploys Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) based ultrafast broadband ISP networks to new build home developments, has grown their network coverage to reach a little over 40,000 premises across the United Kingdom.
The open access fibre infrastructure that OFNL builds is usually ordered by consumers through their more familiar wholesale partners, which includes ISPs like Direct Save Telecom, Seethelight and Pure Broadband etc. The company is also part of the wider Brookfield Utilities UK Group (BUUK), which includes utility infrastructure provider GTC.
Previously we’ve estimated that their UK coverage sat somewhere around the 20k to 30k premises mark (here), although the operator has rarely ever been able to give us an up-to-date figure when asked. However the latest modelling from Thinkbroadband‘s database suggests that their network coverage has now grown to 40,294 premises (TBB says the actual figure may be a little higher as they could be missing some estates).
As one of the oldest and most established names in the UK “full fibre” market we had hoped that they’d be capitalising a bit more on the rising move to extend FTTP connections into new build home developments, although they are facing increasingly tough competition from the comparative heavyweights of Openreach, Cityfibre, Hyperoptic, Virgin Media and etc. But every little helps.
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