"We ensure new homes have the fibre infrastructure which can connect with this growing choice of fibre networks. Choice and capacity to the customer is vital for a competitive platform."
Fibre entrepreneur and founder of i3 Group, Elfed Thomas, has launched a new business venture, British Fibre Networks, which aims to provide pure fibre connectivity and a choice of Internet Service Provider (ISP) to all new build homes in the UK. It means that new homeowners can experience greater broadband capacity and speeds of up to 1Gbps from their chosen ISP, compared to the UK average broadband speed of 16.51Mbps.
Based in Manchester, British Fibre Networks is the first infrastructure company to build and offer pure fibre to new homes, in both urban and rural areas. In partnership with house builders and developers, British Fibre Networks will install a pure fibre aggregator portal in new homes that can connect with a greater choice of fibre networks, offering homeowners access to the whole market of broadband providers.
British Fibre Networks is currently in discussions with a leading price comparison site, which will provide a unique platform to manage and offer the choice of ISP to customers. For the first time, builders partnering with British Fibre Networks will be able to ensure that their customers have real choice and connectivity of fibre broadband before they move into their new home.
British Fibre Networks believes the combination of speed, capacity and choice will make it a compelling alternative for house builders and homeowners alike, which surpasses the broadband requirements set by government policy.
Currently, only 3% of the UK has full fibre broadband despite considerable demand. Out of the 28 EU member countries, this statistic places the UK in the bottom 4. On a global scale, the UK lies in 31st position in the broadband connectivity tables*. This is due to the UK’s cable broadband infrastructure largely being comprised of copper, with new build homes still being connected in this way.
Elfed Thomas has extensive experience in the fibre infrastructure market. As the founder and CEO of i3 Group, he pioneered the method of laying fibre cables in sewer networks, and delivered the UK’s first and largest fibre-to-home network. The technology developed by i3 is now used all over the world.
Speaking about his new venture, Elfed Thomas said: “Clearly there are a number of well financed ISP entrants into the market. We ensure new homes have the fibre infrastructure which can connect with this growing choice of fibre networks. Choice and capacity to the customer is vital for a competitive platform. For too long, new homeowners and builders have been subject to a monopolistic offer, which is overpriced and never installed in time for when the customer moves in.”
“British Fibre Networks aims to address this and create a model that breaks up the monopoly of BT. Working with developers, we will deliver superior connectivity and choice to new homeowners, many of whom have previously been quoted extortionate prices for access to a patchwork copper/fibre network. It will add value for house builders, who can now offer a home with pure fibre connectivity and choice.”
The organisation believes its strategy will build a future-proof platform for the next generation, and contribute to enhancing the UK’s productivity. The company aims to connect pure fibre to over 35% of new homes by 2021.