Broadband News

Fibrus starts its full fibre roll-out in Dundrum, County Down

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 4:44 PM

Dundrum in Northern Ireland will have access to symmetric full fibre from Fibrus in November once the network that has just started construction goes live.

Pricing undercuts others such as BT Retail and Virgin Media who are the main full fibre retailers in Northern Ireland to date. 

  • Symmetric 100 Mbps £17.50/m for 12 months, then £35/m on a 24 month contract
  • Symmetric 200 Mbps £25/m for 12 months, then £50/m on a 24 month contract
  • Symmetric 900 Mbps £50/m for 12 months, then £75/m on a 24 month contract.
  • Unlimited downloads.
  • Voice services are available for an extra £5 a month, or people can source their own VoIP service.

The setup costs to get the service installed is actually free with this being covered via the Gigabit Voucher Scheme. We asked what the price will be for those not covered by the scheme but have been told the roll-out will only target areas where Gigabit vouchers are valid. We have also asked how the provider can guarantee no peak time slow down, since differences like this peak time performance are set to be the big differentiator between services once the variability of connection speeds from DSL services are history.

Business services are also available starting at 100 Mbps at £20/m for 12 months, then £40/m (we presume that these prices exclude VAT) rising to £200/m for 12 months then £300/m for the 1000 Mbps average speed package. 

The choice of Dundrum for the initial roll-out may look odd, since as can be seen on our maps a good proportion of the town has access to Openreach full fibre (in addition to VDSL2 services). This FTTP was added to our system in early July 2019. Even though native Openreach FTTP services are available the Gigabit voucher scheme is still available as the vouchers are designed to cover the cost of installing to a property.

The next couple of years are going to see a lot more of these who got their first situations as a growing number of smaller companies embark on full fibre roll-outs as well the larger operators such as Openreach, CityFibre and Liberty Global.

We’re delighted to finally get under way with the roll out and can’t wait to bring the digital infrastructure to Northern Ireland that is fit for purpose and future proof for the next 30 to 50 years.

Resilient and fast full fibre connectivity is the corner stone of the most advanced societies and we will invest heavily in connecting homes and businesses throughout Northern Ireland. The Fibrus team has been working hard to get ready for this build and we continue to strengthen our team with the expertise to build a state-of-the-art network at pace.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Conor Harrison as our Chief Operating Officer, who brings over 20 years’ experience building telecoms networks. There are few people in Great Britain or Ireland with the depth and quality of network build experience that Conor has, and the Fibrus team and wider community will greatly benefit from his knowledge.

Fibrus Chairman, Conal Henry

The roll-out is aiming to spread out to dozens of other villages and towns in Northern Ireland in the coming months as part of a roll-out set to carry on for some years.

Northern Ireland is currently sat at 25.2% full fibre coverage, courtesy of the Virgin Media Project Lightning RFOG/FTTP roll-out and the Openreach Fibre First programme along with rural FTTP via various gap funding stages. A lot of the existing commercial FTTP is concentrated in the Belfast area.


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