Lincolnshire-based Lightspeed Broadband has today announced its second wave of build locations for the roll-out of its full fibre multi-gigabit network, expanding across the East of England, and strengthening its position in the region.
Backed by an international investment consortium, Lightspeed launched in February 2021 with a funded plan and an ambition to reach 1 million homes and businesses by 2025, to become a leading provider in the market.
The new locations include Cromer, Dereham, Hunstanton, Sheringham and Thetford in Norfolk; Stowmarket in Suffolk and Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Maldon and Witham in Essex, where the network infrastructure build will start this Autumn.
In April, Lightspeed mobilised one hundred engineers to kick-start the network roll-out across its first wave of ten build locations in South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk. Since then, the team has grown and the build has been progressing at ‘light speed’ in Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, Kings Lynn and South Wootton, Long Sutton, Market Deeping, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford, with the Lightspeed team working closely with local councils and communities. Existing infrastructure is being re-used where possible to speed up the process, minimise environmental impact and reduce disruption to residents. Lightspeed is on track to connect its first customers to the gigabit network in these locations later this Summer.
Lightspeed also announced last month that it is creating a new headquarters in Lincolnshire which will be the focus for its operations across the East of England.
Steve Haines CEO for Lightspeed Broadband said: “We have been moving at ‘light speed’ to deliver our objectives to become a leading regional internet service provider and bring ultra-reliable, futureproof full fibre internet to thousands of homes and businesses across the East of England. Adding ten build locations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to our initial ten in South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk further strengthens our position in the region.
Working closely with stakeholders in each of our locations is very important to us and we want to be open and transparent about our next wave of locations so we can engage with local partners ahead of the build phase this Autumn.”
Lightspeed will be offering a range of affordable packages directly to consumers and businesses to cover all their internet and Wi-Fi needs. For further information and to register interest visit www.lightspeed.co.uk
For more on how broadband development is continuing in the UK, come to Connected Britain in London this September. Free tickets are available for consumer-facing UK-based operators and UK-based members of the public sector.