Broadband provider TalkTalk has used its latest earnings report to shed some light on its plans to develop a new ultrafast fibre-to-the-home network, which will aim to bring high-speed connectivity to up to three million premises in the coming years.
The company first announced plans to roll out its own 1Gbps-capable network at the start of the year, but little information has been added since then. Now however, the company has finally offered details on some timeframes for this project.
According to ISPReview.co.uk, the firm has set up a new company called FibreNation that will be responsible for overseeing the development of the network rollout that will be wholly owned by TalkTalk.
This is expected to start rolling out full fibre connectivity to between 50,00 and 60,000 homes in the next 12 to 18 months, with Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon set to be the first towns to benefit from the move.
The firm also has an existing project in progress in York, which will see some 54,000 properties connected to a network built for TalkTalk by CityFibre. This is also expected to become part of FibreNation, extending the overall initial deployment to over 100,000 homes.
ISPReview.co.uk noted there was no mention in the presentation of a partner to help with the rollout, which is something that may be essential if the firm is to make a success of its full fibre plans. The website said that going it alone in such a competitive market could be a big risk for a provider like TalkTalk.