ISP Zzoomm Adds 8 New Cities to UK FTTP Broadband Rollout

UK network operator and ISP Zzoomm today announced a further £44 million expansion of its efforts to roll out a new gigabit-enabled Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network, which will add 8 more market towns in parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands this autumn.

So far the provider, which launched in 2020 and aims to reach 1 million premises in 85 UK cities by the end of 2025, has mainly focused its rollout on cities in the Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Some of the first places to benefit were Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Hereford, Crewe, Cannock, Thirsk, Northallerton and Easingwold.

REMARK: Zzoomm is powered by an equity investment from £100 million of Oaktree Capital (here) and a £100 million debt facility via an international banking consortium (here).

The operator has already covered 50,000 premises (July 2022 figure), up from 10,000 in December 2021, and the addition of 8 new cities today will eventually add another 56,000 premises to this total, when completed. This is in addition to the 7 recently announced towns of Congleton, Stokesley and Great Ayton, Northwich, Sandbach, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Winsford and Wombourne, covering 86,000 properties.

The new extension is expected to cost the supplier an additional £44m to deliver.

Zzoomm’s 8 new Full Fiber cities (September 2022)
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As usual, some of these cities are already covered or will soon be covered by gigabit networks from competing operators, such as Openreach, CityFibre, Virgin Media (VMO2) etc.

Matthew Hare, CEO of Zzoomm, said:

“Zzoomm provides homes and businesses in these towns with excellent Full Fiber service with unparalleled speeds that don’t depend on the slow and unreliable copper used by other broadband providers in the region. We
are proud to bring a competitive and attractive service to unlock the potential through a fabulous new communication infrastructure.

We are moving faster than ever to expand our Full Fiber network. As we continue to expand and announce new Zzoomm Towns, we are seeing significant interest from residents in getting something better. Once our networks go live, we see strong adoption of our Full Fiber services. We now have over a quarter of a million homes and businesses alive, under construction or about to be built, and we will be announcing our next phase of cities in the coming weeks.

Customers of the new network currently pay from £33 per month for an unlimited plan of 150Mbps (symmetric speed) over 24 months with an included router, which can go up to £99 if you want their top tier of 2Gbps (or £66 for 900Mbps+) – which also happens to be one of the fastest home broadband plans in the UK. Most plans have a one-time £20 activation fee, but they also offer the first 6 months of service free.

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