IX Wireless gigabit network lunched

The gigabit broadband network across the Lancashire town of Blackburn has been officially launched.

Oliver Dowden CBE, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, spoke about the ‘game changing’ network being rolled out across the region in a virtual launch this week.

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Our network in Blackburn

Overview

The IX Wireless gigabit-ready broadband is now live across Blackburn and the surrounding areas.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, attended the virtual launch event. Speaking about the new ‘game-changing’ network, Dowden said,

"I am delighted to join you for the virtual opening of your Blackburn gigabit network, which is going to provide some of the fastest broadband on the planet to tens of thousands of people across the North West. It’s all part of this government's once in a lifetime upgrade to the digital infrastructure."

"I would like to pay tribute to IX Wireless and other alternative network providers in the North West. The Blackburn network has been built in only nine months and I know you have got very exciting ambitions to reach another 250,000 premises this year and to reach 4 million premises by 2025."

IX Wireless' innovative broadband technology, guarantees speeds of up to 900Mbps.

It offers the same download speeds and data packages as Virgin and BT but with one major difference - lower prices. It means the residents of Blackburn can now access fast, reliable and affordable internet that's fit for the 21st century.

IX Wireless and digital inclusion

During his speech, Mr Dowden highlighted the importance of our Internet for everyone campaign. The IX Wireless Internet for everyone initiative donates 20% of our network to charities, schools, local authorities and any other organisations in need, including churches and mosques.

"You are also giving back to communities you connect. 20% of your capacity is being given to social causes, including helping school children get online for free," said Mr Dowden.

"It really does show how much we can achieve when we bring together the power of private investments, government programmes and close collaboration with local government."

Our Internet for everyone campaign includes an ongoing partnership with Age UK Blackburn. Together, we're helping older people develop the digital skills to keep in touch with friends and family, shop and use online health services.

Preparing Blackburn for a brighter future

Mr Dowden stressed that the new gigabit ready network will play a central role in ensuring Blackburn and other northern towns thrive in the post-Covid economy.

"The work networks like IX Wireless are doing, is a central part of our recovery from coronavirus and our bid to build back better from the pandemic. Homegrown operators help provide thousands of jobs across the telecoms sector. This once in a lifetime upgrade of the nation's network will mean we are more productive than ever, boosting our economy when it needs it the most."

"It's a levelling up game changer," continued Mr Dowden. "Northern towns and cities are getting gigabit broadband in a big boost for the region. It means people will be able to run a business from anywhere."

"They will be able to move to places that were previously in that box of 'left behind' but are now affordable and attractive places to move to and raise a family."

Phil Riley, executive member for regeneration in Blackburn with Darwen Council, echoed the minister's sentiments.

"Blackburn now has the fastest broadband in the country. That is the sign of a town looking to the future," said Mr Riley.

"We have worked closely with IX Wireless to minimise any inconvenience throughout the process. The result is we have something which is a real asset for the residents and will eventually become a major asset for the businesses in the borough too."

The IX Wireless network

Unlike traditional 'dig and cover' operators, IX Wireless uses a combination of fixed lines and our own telegraph pole infrastructure technology, to deliver fast and reliable broadband speeds directly to residential and commercial premises, at an affordable price.

As our installations require minimal construction or excavation work, they don’t negatively impact the local community or the residents' day-to-day lives. There are no road closures, traffic congestion or noise pollution. The masts are designed to last up to 60 years, removing the need for disruptive maintenance work.

How the network delivers fibre broadband

Our cabinets are directly linked to the local telephone exchange, which sends fibre to the cabinet.

Our telegraph poles then carry fibre cables overhead from the cabinet to our transmitter (broadcasting mast).

The fibre signal is then sent wirelessly from the transmitter to a small receiver fitted to the property.

The transmitter is cabled directly to the router, guaranteeing full-fibre speeds.

Communication strategy

We maintain an open, transparent and consistent communication strategy with the public, during every stage of a network installation and we encourage members of the community to offer any feedback or suggestions for improvement.

Our communication policy includes:

  • keeping the local community informed on upcoming build works with site notices no later than four weeks in advance.
  • introduction letters posted no later than three weeks in advance.
  • confirmed start date letters posted to local properties no later than ten days in advance.
  • local news stories and coverage, announcing the network's arrival and benefits to the community.

We also reach out to local organisations and charities, to discuss how we can support and benefit them.

We use sustainable materials

Our telegraph pole supplier is certified by Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable forest management, through independent third-party certification.

It means all the wood used for our poles is sourced and treated by sustainability experts, working in line with strict environmental, social and economic standards.

Cut Timber

Cut Timber

Raw Timber

Raw Timber

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

Cleaned and Dressed

Cleaned and Dressed

Dressed and Natural Drying

Dressed and Natural Drying

Kiln Drying Treatment

Kiln Drying Treatment

Poles Role Cut

Poles Role Cut

IXW Logo

IXW Logo

Dressed and Natural Drying

Dressed and Natural Drying

After Treatment

After Treatment

Replanting Forest

Replanting Forest

We always listen

We have a dedicated support centre for responding to all enquiries.

Our trained agents are on hand to answer any questions via email, web contact form or telephone.

They aim to respond to general enquiries within 36 hours and any urgent queries within 48 hours.

Streetpoles Installed

Telepoles Installed

IX wireless gigabit network launched

The gigabit broadband network across the Lancashire town of Blackburn has been officially launched.

Oliver Dowden CBE, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, spoke about the ‘game changing’ network being rolled out across the region in a virtual launch this week.

He was joined by founder of IX Wireless, Tahir Mohsan and Philip Walker CFO.

The company is managing the 6G Internet in towns in the North of England, providing gigabit internet at lower prices than providers such as Virgin and BT.

Mr Dowden said, “I am delighted to join you for the virtual opening of your Blackburn gigabit network, which is really going to provide some of the fastest broadband on the planet to tens of thousands of people across the North West and it is all part of this government’s once in a lifetime upgrade to the digital infrastructure.”

“I would like to really pay tribute to you and other alternative network providers in that mission, particularly in the North West. The Blackburn network has been built in only nine months and I know you have got very exciting ambitions to reach another 250,000 premises this year and to reach 4 million premises by 2025.”

The minister was keen to stress how the network was helping charities and community groups in the area, “You are also giving back to communities you connect. So, 20 percent of your capacity is being given to social causes that connect places such as school children for free.

“It really does show how much we can achieve when we bring together the power of private investments and government programmes, along with close collaboration with local government.

“Project Gigabit is the levelling up game changer. Northern towns and cities are getting gigabit first in a big boost for the region and it means people will be able to run a business from anywhere.

“They will be able to move to places that were previously in that box of ‘left behind’ but are now affordable and attractive places to move to and raise a family.”

Mr Dowden said post lockdown the network would help businesses and residents across the region.

“The work you are doing is a central part of our recovery from coronavirus and our bid to build back better from the pandemic. Homegrown operators help provide thousands of jobs across the telecom sector and this once in a lifetime upgrade of the nation’s network will mean we are more productive than ever boosting our economy when it needs it.”

Executive member for regeneration in Blackburn with Darwen Council, Phil Riley said, “At the present time, we have got some of the fastest broadband in the country. That is the sign of the town looking up and to the future.”

“We were the first borough to take up this opportunity and other local councils have followed suit.

“We have worked closely with the company to minimise any inconvenience throughout the process.

“The result is we have something which is a real asset for the residents and will eventually become a major asset for the businesses in the borough too.”