Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) provider LilaConnect has started construction of a new full fibre network in Uttoxeter to provide homeowners and businesses with fast, stable, and secure internet connectivity.
It’s expected that the first homes will be able to connect to this new gigabit full fibre network in early 2022, with all homes and businesses across the town having access by the end of 2022.
For those who don’t know, LilaConnect started the rollout of gigabit-capable FTTP open access networks in 2020, starting with Stoke-on-Trent.
LilaConnect builds networks where their fibre optic cables are laid all the way from the signal source directly into the property. This differs from most other major network operators who combine a blend of copper and fibre optic cables often shared between homes and businesses, potentially reducing signal strength, causing slow internet speeds, and dropped connections.
The LilaConnect full fibre network is different from most other networks in the UK, in that it is truly ‘Open Access’. Once the fibre optic cable is laid and the premises connected, subscribers can take control of their connection and choose from a range of partner ISPs (Internet Service Providers) or take their broadband service directly from LilaConnect. There’s also the opportunity to add TV and telephone services too, without the need to create bundle packages to secure the best level discounts.
The ‘direct’ full fibre solution gives greater stability reducing the chance for a dropped connection, but it’s the speed and capacity of the service that’s most impressive. Customers who sign-up for an Internet service can receive incredibly fast upload and download speeds – up to 1Gbps (Gigabit per second) each way simultaneously.
Brett Shepherd, Managing Director at LilaConnect explained: “Accelerated by the global pandemic, a fast and reliable broadband connection has shifted from being a luxury to an essential utility. But it’s much more than just streaming video and music or online shopping, it’s also about transforming communities with improvements such as better access to employment, education, and healthcare.
Having an open access full fibre network will future-proof Uttoxeter’s digital infrastructure and provide the reliability and bandwidth that is invaluable to residents and businesses in the town.”
LilaConnect is committed to long-term investment in Uttoxeter and will provide a huge, long-term boost for its local economy. The Uttoxeter project forms part of an ambitious rollout programme across the UK, which to date, includes cities and towns such as Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Nantwich, Bristol and Colchester. The operator’s FTTP network has now covered over 50,000 premises across 4 counties in England.
Residents and businesses interested in connecting to the new LilaConnect full fibre network can register their interest at http://www.lilaconnect.co.uk