Broadband supplier Trooli has reached another significant milestone in the rollout of its future-proofed full-fibre broadband. The internet provider, which is building an alternative network to the likes of BT and Virgin Media, has now connected 100,000 premises in the UK. Those connections are primarily found in parts of Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and East Sussex.
With the latest milestone under its belt, Trooli says it’s on track to connect a further 30,000 premises in the next three months. By the end of the year, the internet supplier wants to have 170,000 premises under its belt – rising to 400,000 by December 2022 and one million by 2024.
Part of that expansion will cover new connections across Suffolk, while additional homes across Berkshire, East Sussex and Kent will be plugged in.
Trooli focuses on full-fibre connections. These next-generation cables are capable of delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps. That’s 1,000Mbps. For comparison, the average broadband speed across the UK recorded earlier this year was 71Mbps.
While 1,000Mbps is probably a little excessive for most people right now. Busy households with multiple people working from home, making video conference calls, streaming films and shows in Ultra HD quality, streaming music, downloading updates for devices, backing up data to the cloud… will require much more than the UK average speed to avoid seeing the dreaded buffering symbol.
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And as emerging technologies, such as Virtual Reality and 8K video quality, become more commonplace, the download speeds needed in the average home will only increase.
Full-fibre connections will be able to handle that extra load. However, connections that use ageing copper cables – which are much more limited and can be impacted by adverse weather – cannot step-up to cater to that demand.
Andy Conibere, Chief Executive Officer of Trooli, said: “I am delighted that we continue the trend of exceeding our homes passed target. And we do this while consolidating our position as the leading independent provider of full fibre in rural Kent and growing our presence across the South. These new extensions make us available to homes and businesses around Wraysbury and Ascot in Berkshire, Lewes and Heathfield in East Sussex, and includes over 14,500 premises around Hythe, Kemsing and Whitstable in Kent.
“We are committed to maintaining our build momentum in these areas and are also excited to be launching in Suffolk. Demand for our 300Mbps, 500Mbps and 900Mbps packages has been extremely strong over the course of the last year and we expect this to continue as word spreads about how liberating it can be to have robust, ultrafast access to the internet.”
Trooli charges around £50 a month for its 300Mbps download speed. That includes 100Mbps upload speeds and free installation. If you want the superfast 900Mbps plan, you’ll need to pay £80 a month.
Those costs are a little higher than some of its rivals, including HyperOptic and CommunityFibre, but these likely reflect the extra costs associated with building infrastructure in rural towns and villages.