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WightFibre is the cable network operator on the
Historically WightFibre has operated a hybrid fibre-coaxial network (HFC) service around 25% of the Island. In November 2017 WightFibre secured £35M of funding from Infracapital Parners (ICP, part of M&G Investments) matched funded by private investors and the UK Governments Digital Infrastructure Fund. This funding will allow WightFibre to upgrade its HFC network to a full-fibre (Fibre to the Premise(FTTP)) network and to extend coverage to around 50,000 homes on the island.
WightFibre's Gigabit Island project is scheduled to commence in Summer 2018 and to complete in 2021. Broadband speeds of up to 1Gb (1,000Mb) will be on offer.
The Isle of Wight Cable and Telephone Company (IOWCTC) was formed in 2000 and commenced offering service on the island in January 2001. IOWCTC was taken over by CLS Holdings in 2002 and rebranded to Wightcable.
In 2012, WightCable changed its name to WightFibre, promising increased internet speeds up to 100Mbit/s, and introducing IPTV with high-definition channels and on-demand services. A £500,000 investment saw the launch of 50Mb broadband in July 2012, 100Mb broadband in September 2012 and 152Mb broadband in 2013. The company advertised heavily and returned to growth in October 2012. A small scale trial of the company's new IP based TV service was held in Nov & Dec 2012 but technical difficulties and difficulties in striking content agreements led to the cancellation of the project in 2013.
In February 2013 WightFibre was acquired by Keith Young, a serial entrepreneur who was also an original investor in
In November 2017 WightFibre was acquired by Infracapital Partners as part of its' £35M investment in the company.