Matthew Hare launches new full fibre network, Zzoomm

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Matthew Hare, founder and former CEO of rural fibre network Gigaclear has launched Zzoomm, a new full fibre network operator, serving the UK.

Zzoomm has been set up to build and operate new full fibre infrastructure in towns and suburbs across the country, delivering high quality broadband to homes and businesses that are currently only served by copper infrastructure.

Hare founded rural full fibre operator Gigaclear plc in 2010, and was chief executive at the company until the takeover by Infracapital in 2018. During 2018, he was recognised for his contribution to the development of full fibre networks with the award of European Fibre Executive of the Year, an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and UK Internet Services Executive of the Year 2018.

Commenting on the new network launch, Hare said: ‘The full fibre revolution is here, but many are currently left behind. Numerous small towns and suburbs still do not have any plans for full fibre from the network into the properties and are stuck with the pedestrian internet access speeds that is provided by copper wires. Zzoomm is targeting some of these 4.5 million homes which are still blighted by ageing copper infrastructure.

‘We are attracting a management team with proven expertise in fibre infrastructure. We will develop the network across the country through regional operations, which will work with local communities to build the full fibre network they need for a brighter, fuller future.’

According to the new company’s website, Zzoomm applied to Ofcom for Code Powers in January, for which a public consultation will be required.

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