Building a new network


IX Wireless has landed in Accrington.

IX Wireless is an independent broadband provider committed to building 21-st century digital infrastructure in towns that were traditionally hard to reach.

With IX Wireless, Accrington’s residents now have access to high-speed and stable broadband that supports browsing, streaming, online learning, and remote work.

Digital inclusion in Accrington

Digital inclusion is a major issue in the North West. Researchers at Lancaster University found that 28% of people living in the North West have little to no digital skills. A lack of digital skills leads to fewer work and educational opportunities. It can also negatively impact long-term health outcomes and increase feelings of social isolation.

That’s why we launched the Internet for Everyone campaign. It donates 20% of all IX Wireless network coverage to charities and provides free internet to families struggling to pay their bills.

Planning considerations

We have code powers from Ofcom to construct and maintain electronic communication networks and infrastructure on public highways.

Our ’permitted developments’ license under Town and Country Planning legislation means we don’t require planning permission before beginning a new build.

An IX Wireless build is quicker, less disruptive, and more efficient than traditional dig and cover operations. And we build in the right way, using 100% sustainable materials for all our communication masts.

Communication strategy

We maintain an open and consistent communication strategy with the public during every stage of a network installation.

Our communication policy includes:

  • Keeping the local community informed on upcoming builds
  • Site notices no later than four weeks in advance where possible
  • Confirmed start date letters posted to local properties no later than ten days in advance where possible

And we always encourage community members to offer feedback or suggestions for improvement.

How the network delivers full fibre broadband

Our cabinets are directly linked to data centres, 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, delivering fibre speeds to the router.