Blackpool set to get the fastest broadband network in the UK

Residents in Blackpool will be some of the first in the UK to access the next generation of ultrafast broadband, which will be delivered wirelessly and capable of reaching speeds of 6,000 Mbps by 2025.

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Ofcom report the benefits of high-speed internet network

According to a 2018 report by Ofcom, a comprehensive ultrafast network could also mean an additional 1,900 jobs and a £26 million boost to Blackpool’s economy.

The initial roll-out will see 6,800 premises connected to the network over the next four months, with plans to further increase coverage as the network expands.

Fixed wireless network delivers high speed broadband

The new wireless network is being constructed by Lancashire-based company IX Wireless, while the broadband is being delivered to consumers and businesses by internet service provider 6G Internet.

Neil Knighton, communications manager for IX Wireless, said: “The new IX Wireless wireless broadband network will result in Blackpool having some of the fastest internet in the UK.

“As a gigabit capable town, more residents and businesses in Blackpool will be able to take advantage of technology and services that are at the cutting edge of what is possible.

“We are working hard to ensure the new network is rolled out over the next two years and we’re very excited to see the impact this new technology will have for the residents of Blackpool.”

Delivering a sustainable broadband network for Blackpool

Because the new network is delivered by wireless transmitters installed on roof-tops, telecommunication masts, monopoles and street poles, there will be very few road closures or disruptions commonly associated with digging up roads to lay fibre-optic cables. It also means that residents will be able to get ultrafast broadband without needing a telephone line.

And as part of work to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of being online, 6G Internet is also donating 20% of its network usage to social causes. This means less well-off residents will be able to access free basic internet, while the local authority, schools and charities can work with 6G to provide digitally excluded children with daily access to high speed unlimited home internet.

6G Internet expanding coverage across the North West

With 6G Internet listed as an approved supplier by the government’s BDUK programme, its expansion in Blackpool comes as part of wider plans to reach four million homes across the UK by 2022.

Significant investment in fixed wireless technology

Phil Walker, director of finance at 6G Internet, said: “Over the last 15 years, billions of pounds have been invested in research and development for wireless broadband technology. NASA uses it to communicate with its Mars rover, Tesla’s cars use it to update and navigate. Now we are using it to make sure people in Blackpool can access the internet faster and cheaper than anywhere else in the UK.”

High Speed Broadband is coming to Bolton, Preston and Hyndburn

This is exciting stuff. After a very successful Blackburn launch, we are now rolling out our super-fast broadband network to more towns across the North West.

The expansion is starting in Bolton, Preston and Hyndburn, with plenty more towns and cities in the pipeline.

You might have already read about the new roll-out in a couple of places, but the general upshot is that an additional 15,000 premises will be connected over the next few months alone.

There are a few reasons why we are getting a bit enthusiastic about this:

  1. We know from Ofcom’s own research that a fast broadband network can benefit a town’s local economy to the tune of tens of millions of pounds and thousands of jobs.
  2. The expansion is proof that there really is an appetite for our new generation of wireless broadband technology.
  3. It’s another step towards our ambition of serving 4 million households by 2022.

Work is just beginning in these towns, with fibre-optic cables being installed via telegraph poles to wireless transmitters throughout the neighbourhoods. This can be done without any of the noise, disruption or expense of installing traditional fibre optic broadband technology.

The transmitters will then send super-fast broadband to receivers on each premise via radio wave, starting at 100 Mbps for £21 with nothing to pay upfront for eligible properties.

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