Following extensive work by the Parish Council, Bellingham has been chosen to receive full fibre gigabit broadband as part of the Government's rural broadband voucher scheme.
WeFibre are the company providing the service to our area and we are delighted to announce that our Gigabit Fibre Broadband Community Project has now received Government approval for funding!
If you would like further information on the timescales for connection please email WeFibre directly at email@example.com.
Update - 8th April
Don't miss out on WeFibre's Earlybird Pricing!
If you haven't already, sign up before the launch of WeFibre's full fibre network in Bellingham and lock in the UK's unbeatable Gig package!
- Available to all communities pre network launch
- Only available on 12 month contract plans
Gig Home Earlybird (Inc Small Businesses)
1 Gbps - £20/month, Free Install, 12 Month Contract
Gig Business Earlybird
1 Gbps - £60/month, Free Install, 12 Month Contract
Package Prices After Launch
Gig Home (Inc Small Businesses)
1 Gbps - £35/month, £149 Install (Or FREE installation with the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme), 12 Month Contract
1 Gbps - £75/month, £149 Install (Or FREE installation with the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme), 12 Month Contract
Don't miss out - Register your interest now! WeFibre.com/grants
Full details and terms at WeFibre.com
WeFibre April Email Update - 6th April
Bellingham - April update
We’ve been busy preparing the project for the next stages of the build and we’re excited to announce that you will start seeing increased activity in your community.
You would have seen our teams from both Pioneer Utilities and Telcom Infrastructure over the last few weeks. They are working at an incredible pace to get the fibre network ready to start connecting customers over the coming weeks.
We will start with a small number of customers, this is due to the network still being built and spanning across Bellingham.
We are hoping to have our first customers connected to the network in May/June 2022, this is pending any unforeseen delays, we however are confident this is achievable.
When we are ready to accept your order, I will email to advise the website is open to process these orders.
Pending any unknown issues, we’re aiming to start connecting customers around Summer/Autumn 2022.
Keeping you up to date
We’re committed to involving you, so from now on for the duration of the build we’ll be sharing a regular, monthly roundup email that gives us the opportunity to update you on the key developments and latest progress with the build.
Building a new network can provide unknown challenges along the way, so we want to reassure you that we’re constantly working to overcome these challenges so that your project remains on track.
We look forward to bringing you the next update in May 2022.
Update - 23rd March
HILLSIDE & BRIAR HILL - Don't Get Left in the Slow Lane!!
There are still a number of residents in Hillside and Briar Hill who haven't registered their interest in Bellingham's new Ultrafast Gigabit Broadband service.
The new service is only £20 per month when you register and you will get Gigabit (1000Mbps) speeds download and upload - massively faster than what you have today.
Registering unlocks Government voucher funding which, when combined with vouchers from your neighbours, pays for the build of the new network in your street. The vouchers are paid directly to Telcom (WeFibre's parent company) by the DCMS to allow them to build the network.
You also receive free installation saving £49.
If you haven't registered your interest yet its not too late - go to wefibre.com/grants and complete the form.
Update - 16th March
You will have seen the teams from Telcom Infrastructure and Pioneer Utilities around the village hard at work installing our new WeFibre Gigabit broadband service.
There are a number of residents who have registered interest for the new service who, despite being contacted by the DCMS to validate their grant voucher have yet to do so.
If you have registered for the new service and have not yet replied to the DCMS email can you check your Junk folders in case it has gone in there.
Validatating the voucher gives you free installation of the new 1 Gigabit service for £20 per month for residential and small businesses.
Check you Junk folder now as WeFibre don't want you to miss out on your free installation offer!
Update - 3rd March
Pioneer Utilities / WeFibre Letter
You may have received a letter from Pioneer Utilities today stating they are planning to dig up your road.
The teams from Pioneer Utilities and Telcom Infrastructure have been in the village for the past month and, in most cases, are using existing Openreach Ducts and Poles.
In SOME instances they may need to dig where existing ducts are either unavailable or full, or install new telephone poles where existing are full or needing replacing, but this will be the exception not the norm.
We have worked hard to ge the fastest broadband service available to the people of the Parish and it's great to see the work being completed.
If you have not expressed interest for Ultrafast Gigabit broadband for only £20 per month you can so so at wefibre.com/grants
Update - 14th February
Following several weather related delays, mains power has now been connected to WeFibre's cabinet!
The engineers from Telcom Infrastructure and Pioneer Utilities are out in force installing the fibre optic cables that will carry our new Gigabit Broadband.
Update 7th February
They're here!! You'll see a much greater presence from both Telcom Infrastructure and Pioneer Utilities around the area as they get the main part of the network build underway!
Following delays with Northern PowerGrid following the recent storms, power is due to be connected to the cabinet this week.
It's all go from now to get us connected to our new Ultrafast Gigabit Full Fibre Network!
Update - 7th December
Telcom's Infrastructure team were out and about in the village today doing more work in preperation for our Gigabit Braodband service!
Update - 3rd December 2021
Northern Powergrid were due to connect the cabinet to the mains supply this week. Unfortunately, due to the impact of Storm Arwen this has not been the case as all Northern Powergrid engineers have been redeployed to work on restoring power to homes still off since the 26th November.
Once we receive a new date from Northern Powergrid we'll let you know here.
Update - 3rd November 2021
WeFibre have been busy preparing the project for the next stages of the build and are excited to announce that you will start seeing increased activity in Bellingham.
The cabinet has been installed - this is a critical piece of equipment that allows WeFibre to manage the network. They are waiting for Northern Powergrid to supply power to the cabinet and anticipate this to be completed before Christmas.
Pending any unknown issues, they are aiming to start connecting customers in early 2022!
Keeping you up to date
WeFibre are committed to involving you, so from now on for the duration of the build they will be sharing a regular, monthly roundup emails that gives them the opportunity to update you on the key developments and latest progress with the build.
Building a new network can provide unknown challenges along the way, so they want to reassure you that they’re constantly working to overcome these challenges so that our project remains on track.
We look forward to bringing you the next update in December
Update - 21st October 2021
The team from Pioneer Utilities were in the village this week surveying the existing Openreach Ducts and Poles for the build of our new Gigabit network. The new service will use existing passive infrastructure which minimises the need for digging new trenches which causes delays and disruption.
Update - 19th October 2021
Northern Powergrid are due to connect the cabinet to the mains electricity supply on the 27th October. The backhaul fibre to connect our cabinet to Telcom's core network has been ordered and once these items are in place WeFibre can begin rolling out our new ultrafast broadband service across the area!
Update - 5th August 2021
Landmark event! Our fibre cabinet was delivered and installed today - the cabinet contains the brains of the whole operation and is where all of the individual gigabit fibre optic strands come together and connect to the internet.
Update - 22nd July 2021
The first spade went into the ground today (22nd July) marking the start of build of our exciting new WeFibre Gigabit broadband network!
The team from Pioneer Utilities have commenced work to install our new fibre cabinet and the associated ducting which will allow WeFibre to connect homes and businesses via existing underground ducts and overhead poles throughout the parish.
Watch out for more contractors from Telcom Infrastructure in the coming weeks as we move to the next phase of the build!
Why should I get WeFibre?
Bellingham has always been the last place to get new services such as full mobile phone coverage, but this is the opportunity for us to get access to a faster broadband service than most towns and cities in the UK.
WeFibre offer speeds of 1000Mbps download and upload - up to 14x faster than the UK average download speed and up to 64x faster than the average upload speed! The fastest speeds in our area currently are around a maximum of 70Mbps download and 17Mbps upload depending on your provider and package.
Speeds vary as the current network relies on old fashioned phone lines to bring broadband from the nearest green street cabinet to your property. WeFibre is different - they run a fibre optic cable direct to your property so there is no old wiring to slow down your connection meaning blistering fast speeds!
You can see a comparison of different speeds illustrated using buckets below!
This whole project is only made possible by accessing grant funding in the shape of Rural Gigabit Vouchers, a scheme run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If you have already applied for a grant on the WeFibre website, then that’s it for now, you can sit back, put on the kettle and let them do all the hard work involved in bringing the goodness of WeFibre to your door.
We have exceeded the 100 signup voucher threshold (Rural Gigabit Voucher Claims) we need for WeFibre to proceed with the project. The scheme has been approved by the DCMS for funding and our new network is now in the build phase. Time is running out but it's not too late for you to claim your government voucher and spread the word to your friends, neighbours and wider community so we can all benefit from a faster and cheaper full fibre optic service! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest before it's too late.
What do I need to do?
The current Government voucher scheme for Gigabit Broadband closed on the 24th September.
If you have previously registered for your voucher to get free installation and a free months trial of the 1Gbps (1000mbps) full fibre to the home broadband service but not clicked the link on the email from the DCMS you will need to re-register so you don't miss out!
Email the WeFibre team at email@example.com and they will re-submit your voucher to the DCMS.
Work to build our new Gigabit network has begun and connections are only £20 per month for residential and small businesses with 1000mbps download AND upload speeds.
The Government scheme has been extended so you can still get free installation and a 30 day no obligation free trial of blisteringly fast Gigabit Broadband. The new network will be available to residents of Bellingham, Redesmouth and Charlton under the Government DCMS Rural Gigabit Programme.
If you are a small business, shop etc please click the “Yes” option under “Do you have a business at this address?”. The form states home businesses but we have been told that it applies to other small businesses too. Registering as a business means you get a £3500 voucher rather than the £1500 residential voucher which really helps!
WeFibre's own fibre network can operate alongside your current broadband service so why not claim your voucher and try them for free for 30 days. If you’re not blown away by their 1,000Mbps speeds, you can leave free of charge - no hard feelings!
What about my home phone?
These days many of us use our mobile phones for calls and only have a home phone because you need one to get broadband! This is not the case with WeFibre so you are free to ditch the landline saving even more money!
If you still need a landline phone you have the option of keeping your exiting phone line or moving your number to a new VoIP (Voice over IP) service which carries your existing phone number over your shiney new fibre connection. VoIP services can be significantly cheaper than a traditional landline - details are listed in the pricing document below.
Check out WeFibre's Frequently Asked Questions page for some common questions and their answers.
If you need more details you can email WeFibre at firstname.lastname@example.org.