Grain’s New UK FTTP Broadband Network Goes Live in Brighton

Alternative network operator and ISP Grain (Grain Connect), which has already grown their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to cover 220,000 premises RFS (21st May 2024) and 30,000 customers, has today announced that they’ve put their service live in part of Brighton (East Sussex, England).

The operator’s full fibre network can now be found in 59 UK locations (plus over 150 new build housing developments), which includes a lot of small-to-modest sized patches of various urban areas like Leicester, Liverpool, Accrington, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scarborough, Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Hartlepool, Newport, Sunderland, Blackburn and so forth.

NOTE: Grain, which has previously secured funding of c. £220m (here) via Equitix, Albion Capital, Pinnacle Group and German Landesbank Nord L/B, originally aimed to cover 400,000 UK premises by the end of 2026.

The deployment in Brighton was originally announced just over a year ago, in March 2023 (here), although today’s announcement doesn’t clarify which areas of the city have gone live or how many premises they’re intending to cover in the area.

In addition, several gigabit-capable broadband operators – including Virgin Media, Openreach, Hyperoptic and CityFibre – already have a big presence in the city. Not to mention a smaller and more targetted build from the likes of newcomer Brighton Fibre. Suffice to say that Grain will be up against plenty of competition, although there are some patches where opportunities may still exist.

Customers of the new service normally pay from just £19.99 per month for a symmetric 150Mbps package on an 18-month term, which goes up to just £29.99 for their top 900Mbps plan (take note that out-of-contract prices are £5 higher than this). But new customers can also benefit from a new offer that gives you the first 3 months of service for free.

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