Broadband group reveals six new North West areas to benefit from full fibre

Daren Baythorpe
X The Business Desk

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Chester-based ITS Technology Group is continuing the roll-out of its Faster Britain networks across the North West region at pace and has announced six new locations, giving a further 10,000 businesses access to reliable, Gigabit capable connectivity.

Networks across Stockport, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor and Chorley are now live with customers already being installed, and businesses in Accrington and Blackburn will soon benefit following completion which is expected this month.

The North West is a key part of ITS’s multimillion-pound roll-out across the UK, having already delivered to areas including Blackpool, Preston, Tameside, and Glossop.

It is also leading on the delivery of 212km of full fibre, known as LCR Connect, across the Liverpool Region Combined Authority. Working with construction partner NGE, it recently revealed that the build is now under way with several large sections due to go live early next year.

Daren Baythorpe, CEO of ITS, said: “We are proud to have already put a lot of fibre into the ground across the North West.

“Our build plans include thousands of kilometres more, focusing on where there is pent up demand from businesses for reliable Gigabit services.”

He added: “Full fibre is a vital contributor to the local economy and also to levelling up the UK. For example, experts have estimated that the digital infrastructure we are leading on across the Liverpool City Region could provide an economic boost worth up to £1bn, creating thousands of local jobs.

“As a business headquartered in the North West, I am particularly delighted that ITS and our Faster Britain networks can play a key part in transforming the digital capabilities of organisations in these areas that have been overlooked until now.”

ITS has minimised the impact on local communities during the network builds by reusing existing ducts and infrastructure to install the full fibre cables which avoids disruptive road digs.

Its reuse approach means it can install customer connections far quicker than the industry norm.