Truespeed to bring FTTP broadband to Bath

Truespeed, which deploys broadband to rural areas across the South West of England, has announced that its next FTTP rollout will be in the city of Bath in Somerset. The provider will also expand its network to surrounding areas, including South Widcombe, Saltford and Keynsham.

Truespeed is supported by a £75 million investment from Aviva Investors. So far, it has deployed its FTTP service to 200 communities, mostly within Somerset. The provider aims to cover 75,000 South West premises by the end of this year and 500,000 by the end of 2025 and says it is on target to achieve this.

Recently, the provider was awarded a £6.7 million public investment to roll out its service to 15,000 premises in Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES), North Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor. Truespeed also offers lifetime connections for schools and community hubs, with over 100 signed up so far.

The company began its rollout in earnest in the city of Wells in June last year and has now passed over 3,000 premises there. Truespeed says it will now look to boost its Wells investment, to connect more areas of the city and expand into surrounding areas including Coxley and Wookey.

Truespeed CEO Evan Wienburg said: “We’re excited to get going in Bath while stepping up the roll-out of our full fibre network in Wells and surrounding areas in Somerset. We’re lighting up our map of the South-West and bringing under-served households and businesses the future-proofed gigabit capable connectivity they deserve.”

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, added: “Truespeed’s investment will benefit the city enormously as ultrafast broadband connectivity can’t come soon enough for Bath businesses and residents. It’s great that a Bath-based firm is at the forefront of supporting our communities and taking our beautiful city into the full fibre fast lane.”