Fibrus Goes Live with Full Fibre Broadband in Longtown, Cumbria UK

Alternative broadband ISP Fibrus has today put out a second announcement, which reveals that they’ve just put their new multi-gigabit speed capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network live for 1,100 premises in the Cumbria (England) town of Longtown. The deployment follows similar builds in towns like Workington, Wigton and Ambleside.

Chris Collins, Fibrus’ Head of Network Build, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring the benefits of our Full Fibre network to even more communities in Cumbria. At Fibrus, we use a full-fibre optic cable all the way to the premises creating a quality and reliability that cannot be achieved any other way. This will make a big difference to local businesses and families in Longtown, allowing them to access more reliable broadband rather than having to rely on slow copper wires for their internet.”

NOTE: Belfast-based Fibrus has attracted over £750m of committed capital, including £235m from investors like Infracapital, £220m from a banking consortium and the rest as public subsidy (e.g. £197m Project Stratum – up to 82,000 premises by June 2025 in N.Ireland – and the £108m Project Gigabit contract for 60,000 premises in Cumbria, England – Hyperfast GB).

However, despite the usual remarks about locals in Longtown previously “having to rely on slow copper wires for their internet“, it’s worth pointing out Voneus has also recently covered the same location with access to their new gigabit-capable full fibre network. But people could be forgiven for not knowing about this because Voneus rarely does much to promote their builds and future plans.

Otherwise, Fibrus’ new network has, as of 31st March 2024, already been expanded to cover 354,000 premises (337k RFS) across parts of England and Northern Ireland, which is up from 339,000 premises on 31st January 2024 (321,000 RFS). In addition, the operator recently grew their customer base to over 80,000.

Residential customers can expect to pay from £24.99 £21.99 per month for download speeds of 159Mbps (average) and uploads of 34Mbps on a 24-month term (£39.99 thereafter), which rises to £44.99 £39.99 for their top 982Mbps (310Mbps) tier (£59.99 thereafter). The packages also include an Amazon Eero 6+ router (or routers), UK support, free setup and the pledge of “no mid-contract price hikes“. Prices may differ in areas of subsidised build.

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