Lightning Fiber an Altnet based in East Sussex has this week introduced a social tariff as well as launch a winter flash sale and begins testing a 3Gbps residential package.

Social Tariff

This week Lighting Fiber has become the latest internet provider to launch a social tariff.

Social tariffs are low cost packages for people on certain types of benefits and are designed to help low income family’s get access to services such as broadband at an affordable price.

Lightning Fiber social tariff is a 50mbps symmetric FTTP broadband service for just £15 per month on a rolling monthly contract making it one of the lowest priced broadband packages and features on Ofcom’s ‘Cheaper broadband package site’ .   

Eligible customers in a higher priced fixed term contract can switch to the new social tariff without any penalty at any time. The firm will also match any local Full Fibre offer ‘like for like’ from any competitor, at any time. The company is working with the Department of Work and Pensions to activate an integrated eligibility check, making it easier for eligible customers to access the package.

For those not eligible for the Social Tariff at the time of writing and until 31/12/2022 you can now get their 100mbps residential package for just £18 per month!

3Gbps Broadband

The firm has provided a 3Gbps residential service to a select few customers ahead of a 2023 roll out, with pricing expected to be in the region of £100 per month, making it the fastest residential FTTP provider in East Sussex.

The firm already provides a 10Gbps symmetric business package, directly to the consumer and via its Managed IT partners on a competitive reseller agreement.

The company has reduced the 1Gbps package from £44 to £33 until Dec 31st, and plans to launch an unlimited UK landline and mobile call virtual landline package retailing for around £10 per month in early 2023.

CEO and Founder, Ben Ferriman, commented, “We’re seeing target-beating uptake, even in areas where we have direct FTTP competition. We’ve increased our headcount to almost 200 direct employees and relocated our HQ to larger premises in Eastbourne to support our accelerated growth.”

“We’re responding to the cost of living crisis with prices which reflect good value for the consumer, at a level competitive with old copper/fibre hybrid networks. We don’t impose unfair, mid contract, annual inflationary price rises on our customers; use clear pricing; and, avoid confusing offers, so our customers can buy with the confidence that their prices won’t increase year on year. This all translates into healthy market penetration and happy customers.”

Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon cut the ribbon, officially opening the new HQ, on 1st Dec with Ben Ferriman and some of the Lightning Fibre team.

The company is one of the highest ranking UK Internet Service Providers on Trustpilot, with a live Full Fibre network in Eastbourne, Heathfield, Hailsham and Hastings, with Haywards Heath, Bexhill and Tenterden also in build. 

Standard packages range from 100Mbps £24 per month plus £48 set up fee, up to 1Gbps for £44 per month, discounted in the Winter Sale until 31st Dec. The new Social Tariff is available to households on a range of means-tested benefits, on a 30-day rolling contract.

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