Utilities in East Wichel

Who owns and provides television, telephone and power services in East Wichel

With the exception of water and sewerage, utilities in East Wichel were originally owned and operated by subsidiaries of Inexus Group based in Cardiff. They sold off the supply of cable radio and TV services in 2011, to a subsidiary of Canadian company Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. In November 2012, Inexus Group was also bought from Total S.A. by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. From 2014 to 2016, Brookfield reorganised its UK businesses, with the gas and electricity network companies from Inexus Group becoming subsidiaries of Gas Transportation Company (GTC) based in Suffolk and a subsidiary of Brookfield Utilities UK from December 2010. The fibre network companies, some of which had been part of GTC and some part of Inexus, all became subsidiaries of Brookfield Utilities UK. In September 2016 Brookfield Utilities UK was renamed, becoming BUUK Infrastructure. Gas and electricity can be bought from any suppliers willing to do business with GTC: this is all the ‘big six’ utility companies but not all smaller suppliers.

BUUK Infrastructure
Open Fibre Networks Limited (Ofnl)
Since August 2018 Owner and operator of the optic fibre distribution network in East Wichel. Also supplies the radio & television services over the network.
Independent Fibre Networks Limited (IFNL)
Until July 2018 owner and operator of the optic fibre distribution network in East Wichel and formerly an Inexus Group company. From 3 December 2015 to July 2018 IFNL have also supplied the radio & television services over the network. Renamed Open Fibre Networks (Wholesale) Limited on 31 July 2018.
Gas Transportation Company (GTC)
The distribution company that operates the gas and electricity mains and meters in East Wichel. The company took over operations from Envoy Assess Management Limited, an Inexus Group company, which it absorbed in February 2013. Since then it has also constructed new connections to IFNL’s optic fibre network as East Wichel has been developed.
Independent Pipelines Limited (IPL)
Owners of the gas mains in East Wichel and originally an Inexus Group company and since 2014 part of GTC.
Independent Power Networks Limited (IPNL)
Owners of the electricity mains in East Wichel and originally an Inexus Group company and since 2014 part of GTC.
Fibre TV to Home (FTTH)
Between 2011 and 2015, suppliers of radio & television services over East Wichel’s optic fibre network. FTTH was owned by Gas Transportation Company. Prior to FTTH, radio and TV services in East Wichel were provided by Envoy Assest Management, an Inexus Group company.
Thames Water
Owner, operator and supplier of mains water and sewers in East Wichel. Homes in East Wichel are eligible for a rebate, as surface water drains into the canal and drainage ponds, not into the water company’s sewer. You will need to apply for the rebate: Thames Water do not give it automatically.
Broadband and telephone service providers
There are 17 companies providing telephone and broadband internet services over the fibre network in East Wichel:
Seethelight
Suppliers of telephone & broadband services over East Wichel’s optic fibre network. This is a trading name of Independent Fibre Retail Limited. Before 15 July 2014 it was a trading name of Independent Service Provider Limited. Both were Inexus Group companies. On 18 September 2019 the company was sold by BUUK Infrastructure to Sky UK Ltd
Direct Save Telecom
Trading name of Utilities UK Ltd. From 15 September 2014, an alternative residential telephone and broadband supplier over the IFNL network in East Wichel.
Love Your Broadband
Trading name of Love Digital TV Ltd, part of London-based SCCI group. From January 2016, an alternative residential telephone and broadband supplier over the network in East Wichel. Note that their website is not secure.
Vfast
Vfast Limited, a subsidiary of Orbital Internet Group Limited, a privately owned Kent-based company. From early 2016, an alternative residential telephone and broadband supplier over the IFNL network in East Wichel.
Connexin
Formerly Pure Broadband Limited, a company based in Hull. From April 2017, an alternative residential broadband supplier over the network in East Wichel.
BreezTel
Breeze Telecommunications Limited, a small independent company based in east London. From 2018, an alternative residential broadband supplier over the Ofnl network in East Wichel.
MTH networks
A trading name of Monkey Tree Hosting Ltd, a small independent company based in Kettering. From 2019, an alternative residential broadband supplier over the IFNL network in East Wichel.
Rocket Fibre
A company based in Market Harborough, incorporated in August 2020.
Redraw Internet
Company based in Exeter, though shown as dormant on Companies House, and the registration number on their site is for company Airefibre Ltd, which was sold to Verizon in 2018 and dissolved on 30 March 2021.
Merula
A small company based in Huntingdon, founded in 1996.
Ashford Fibre
Trading name of Network 79 Limited, a micro company based in Ashford, Kent, established in 2004.
Link Broadband
A trading name of Integrated Digital Solutions Limited based in Dartford, Kent. incorporated in May 2019.
Trogon
Part of Trogon Group Ltd, a small company based in London and incorporated in May 2016.
Pulse8
A trading name of Compucare Computer Servicing Limited, a small company based in Torquay, Devon and founded in 2001.
Kinetic Telecom
A trading name of Kinetic Internet Limited, a small company based in Colchester and founded in 2002.
Its Fibre
A trading name of WiSpire Ltd, a small company based in Norwich and founded in 2011.
go internet
A small company based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight and founded in 2010. Called Nammit Ltd until 2019.

Ofnl provide a full list of companies providing residential and commercial services over the fibre network in East Wichel on their website.

This page updated Sunday, 26 November 2023. © most rights reserved.

Follow @EastWichel