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Fibrecity Bournemouth users face lack of service since February
Tuesday 12 April 2011 13:22:37 by John Hunt

Users of the Fibrecity network in Bournemouth have been without a connection since the end of February when the firm, now owned by City Fibre Holdings, suspended access to it's retail broadband partners which include Velocity1 and Fibreband.

The companies were offering 100meg broadband connections using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) but were told with short notice that the service would be suspended, and were later advised that the service was "not expected to be available for a period of time". Obviously, this kind of outage is unacceptable for users and many customers are thought to be seeking to get alternative services through rival operators in the area (such as Virgin Media).

Fibrecity have been in turmoil for some time with the company ceasing roll-out in August 2010, and then later facing a buyout of shares from a consortium (City Fibre Holdings) led by a former president of the i3 Group (the owners at the time). City Fibre Holdings intended to continue deployments both in Bournemouth and Dundee, but so far there has been little sign of progress. With a shut-down of service in Bournemouth, this could indicate a funding issue for the company, but it looks like they intend to make things live again in the future. By that point, will there be any customers left, and will new customers be willing to sign up to the tarnished service?

Comments

Posted by JttB over 5 years ago
Blimey, I think its bad when my Internet dies for a few hours
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
not a good advert.
Posted by CaptainHulaHoop over 5 years ago
feel sorry for those affected,,,, but to cyberdoyle, take note..stringing up a bit of fibre is not the only part of the puzzle, and tin pot small companies can't always deliver on promise, and if it all goes wrong the results can be like this
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Funny that CHH... we discussed this here:

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/4540-councils-invest-in-gloucestershire-and-herefordshire-broadband-pilot.html

Seems we were right on the money with our predictions...
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Hear Hear Captain, and I wouldn't even class Fibrecity that tin pot really.

Here's what happens when your digital pump, stops pumping
Posted by SheepFarmer over 5 years ago
@CaptainHulaHoop good point. Lots of customers with fibre running to their houses and still no broadband.
Posted by c_j_ over 5 years ago
I3 are still trying to convince folks overseas that H2O Group/I3 had/have a viable business model (check Google News etc). I hope potential "business partners", customers, suppliers, ISPs, etc will check before signing anything.
Fujitsu (streetworks contractors in Bournemouth) were iirc owed hundreds of thousands of pounds; several dozen Fujitsu staff were "let go" due to problems relating to excessive cost per connect (which had been predicted by folk round here even before H2O started microtrenching).
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
come to gloat have we gmann, BT lover.
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