23 March 2022
Following £100m of private funding to support a national roll out, the UK’s newest broadband provider BeFibre has moved a team of broadband engineers into the area to deliver fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connectivity.
That means residents will have access to download and upload speeds up to 13 times faster than the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) coverage that currently spans the majority of the UK. Such speeds equate to the ability to download a 1-hour TV programme in only 7 seconds, or 500 Spotify songs in 25 seconds, for example. Additionally, customers can upload 100 Instagram photos in 5 seconds or an entire new-release PS5 game in only 14 minutes.
With the company aiming to reach 80 locations and 1,000,000 premises by 2027, this is significant news for Worcester – a location which has always featured particularly early on the roadmap.
Worcester’s full-fibre network will be planned, built, and operated by BeFibre’s sister company – Digital Infrastructure. Utilising existing ducts without having to dig up the city’s roads, the firm’s strategy is to adopt quicker and less disruptive build methods, to lower roll out costs, increase efficiency, and minimise the environmental impact of the network deployment.
The connectivity will be rolled out in a phased programme, with the first homes ready for service in summer and the build due to be completed by the end of the year.
The BeFibre team has pledged to have a very visible presence in Worcester, as part of their commitment to becoming part of the community.
Louise Elliott, chief customer and operations officer for BeFibre, said: “Our connectivity is full-fibre down the ‘last mile’ – right up to your door – customers enjoy the connectivity they pay for, not merely a proportion of it, as is often the case. You wouldn’t ever accept paying for a full sandwich but only getting to eat half! So why is the internet any different?
“This is a fiercely competitive market, but we’re here to challenge the perception that all ISPs are full of broken promises when it comes to speed, reliability and customer service.”
To find out if you can access BeFibre’s full fibre broadband, visit https://be-fibre.co.uk/register/ and input your postcode.
*All references to how many times faster our broadband service is, depends on you being able to access ‘superfast’ type broadband services of 70Mbps (or less) and selecting one of our packages at the advertised speed. Speeds shown may be affected based on the placement of the router in your property or the device you are using.
Further reference in relation to 13x faster speeds: Ofcom Connected Nations Update – Summer 2021