Smart city operator Connexin has announced its intention to create a new Full Fiber network for Hull and East Riding, bringing the region to the digital forefront. The launch will disrupt the existing monopoly by giving residents and businesses the freedom of choice when selecting a fiber broadband provider. The initial phase of the rollout is already underway, with the first homes being able to connect to the grid later this year.
Currently, Hull’s fiber broadband market is monopolized by a single company, preventing residents and businesses from accessing other providers, and it is the only city in the UK where it’s the case. The introduction of the new Fiber network will allow the emergence of a competitive market, offering not only diversity, but also an improved broadband experience for citizens and businesses. The network will be the first in the UK to be built over an existing Full Fiber network, as the current infrastructure is not shared, unlike others.
Furqan Alamgir, Co-Founder and CEO of Connexin, said: âFor too long the people of Hull and East Riding have had little say in who provides their broadband and what network they want to use. . It’s just not the right way to do it.
We have felt the pain of operating and growing a business in a âmonopolyâ environment. We tried to work with the incumbent to create a more competitive broadband market in Hull, but given the challenges we faced in infrastructure sharing, we decided to invest in our city. and to build an independent alternative Full Fiber network for the region. Our aim is to create new jobs locally, stimulate competition to improve the services offered to residents, and help develop and attract new and existing businesses and investments to the region.
Following the success of the British City of Culture 2017 crowning, Hull City Council is continually looking for ways to strengthen the city and supports Connexin’s plans to diversify broadband offerings for citizens. Darren Hale, Head of Hull City Council, said, âConnectivity has never been more important and at Hull City Council we are always looking for ways to improve services for our residents. As a digital infrastructure specialist, Connexin is well positioned to provide a new network in Hull and surrounding areas, and we wholeheartedly support them in providing choice and advancing digital inclusion.
Connexin recently secured more than Â£ 80million in funding from one of the world’s largest independent infrastructure managers, Whitehelm Capital, which is helping to develop the project. Tom Maher, Business Development Manager at Whitehelm Capital, said: âWe are investing in Connexin as they are dedicated to building the intelligent programmable communities of the future, and this project reinforces their commitment to the continued development of key digital infrastructure in the Kingdom. -United.
âConnexin’s long and successful track record in providing connectivity services to communities, businesses and municipalities makes it the ideal candidate to invest in this regional network and give back to its community. ”
Connexin works in collaboration with Modini Ltd, a program delivery company specializing in complex programs. Modini CEO Nick Sharpe said: âConnexin has excelled in merging the best attributes of SMEs to deliver world-class fiber connectivity. Our collective strength means that we bring an agile, flexible and collaborative ethic to the entire program lifecycle. Our goal is to bridge the digital divide between businesses and residents, by promoting fair and equal access to high-capacity data networks for all. This project is not just about providing broadband options, it is about connecting cultures, families and societies to enable our future generations to thrive.
Network construction is being undertaken by SCD Group and the first phase will be completed by the end of the year. Chris Durkan, President of SCD Group, said: âWe are delighted to be working with Connexin to make this impressive project a reality. Work is currently underway and the new network will cover the Hull and East Riding areas, providing individuals and businesses with super-fast broadband access at a competitive price, along with superior customer service.
To pre-register or for more information, residents and businesses can visit – www.connexin.co.uk/fibre