2 weeks ago • 1 min read
Belfast based company investing £200m to provide homes and businesses across Cumbria with fast, reliable and affordable broadband
- Fibrus launches in Penrith, bringing hyperfast, affordable broadband to its first town in Cumbria
- The company will reach 7,600 homes and businesses in Penrith using 225km of full fibre optic network
- Penrith is the first town to benefit from over £20 million of investment in Cumbria in the first year of the project
- £200 million is to be invested in Cumbria over the complete network roll-out
- After success in Northern Ireland, the move to Cumbria will create around 100 jobs in the region
- Penrith and The Border MP Dr Neil Hudson welcomes Fibrus’ launch, saying full fibre roll out will provide crucial new connectivity to constituents
Full fibre operator Fibrus has today launched in Penrith, bringing hyper-fast broadband at affordable prices to 7,600 homes and businesses across the town. The move to Cumbria follows huge success across Northern Ireland, and the company has been awarded £200m in state supports to complete the rural build.
As part of its plan to target towns previously underserved by high-speed broadband, Fibrus will provide every home and business in Penrith with the opportunity to connect to a hyperfast full fibre network for the first time, deploying a total of 225km of full fibre optic cable in the town.
While phone and TV companies use slow copper networks from the cabinet to the premises, Fibrus offers ‘full fibre’ all the way to the premises. This method is the global benchmark for providing world class performance and faster network speeds.
Penrith residents can access full fibre broadband and make everyday activities easier and faster, whether that’s streaming videos, posting on social media, or hosting virtual work meetings. Fibrus’ network can seamlessly connect multiple devices at once meaning users can wave goodbye to lag and buffering.
Penrith is the first town in Cumbria to benefit from Fibrus’ network expansion beyond Northern Ireland and the company will quickly expand to invest £200m across Cumbria. Immediate plans to launch include Kendal, Burneside, Staveley, Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, and Ambleside.
Fibrus is focused on supporting local communities, not just with the provision of hyperfast broadband to rural areas, but through the creation of around 100 jobs in the region.
Dean Jooste, Regional Director at Fibrus comments:
“We are delighted to have launched in Penrith, providing locals with access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband. We know that many rural communities are deprived of hyperfast broadband, having been underserved by the big providers, which is something we aim to change with our expansion across Great Britain. Finally rural residents will have an option to buy proper fibre broadband from a broadband company.”
Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border, comments:
“I’m pleased to welcome Fibrus to Penrith – full fibre broadband is a gold standard for connectivity, and so I’m delighted that many of my constituents will now have access to it, and that over 100 jobs have been created in the local area in order to deliver it.
But there is still more to do – that is why I welcome Fibrus’ ambitious plans for future roll outs across the area. I will continue to work with all providers including Fibrus, and with the Government, to give the people of Penrith and The Border the broadband access they deserve. It is so important that the harder to reach areas of rural Cumbria are not forgotten about and that is a key part of my ‘Better Connectivity’ Campaign.”
As the cost of living continues to rise, Fibrus is committed to offering affordable broadband. Penrith residents, who sign up to an 18 month contract before the end of July, will receive the first six months free. For further details on the three packages and speeds available, please visit: https://www.fibrus.com/6MonthsFreeGB
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