Building a new network


IX Wireless is live in Nelson.

Our new broadband network delivers fast and reliable internet at an affordable price.

It’s bringing 21st-century technology and connectivity to Nelson, ensuring all the town’s residents will benefit from the UK’s digital upgrade.

Digital inclusion in Nelson

IX Wireless donates 20% of our network to charities, schools, local authorities, and religious organisations.

We work with charities to provide digital skills training to older people and supply free tablets/devices to school children from families experiencing economic hardship.

It’s all part of our ’Internet for Everyone’ campaign, an initiative to bridge the digital divide in communities across the North West.

Planning considerations

We have code powers from Ofcom that grant us permission to construct and maintain electronic communication networks and infrastructure on public highway.

We have a ’permitted developments’ licence under Town and Country Planning legislation. So we don’t have to apply for planning permission before starting a new build.

We build faster and better than many other providers. We don’t close roads and use 100% sustainable materials where possible.

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.