The only way is Upp: UK ISP enlists Nokia for chunk of FTTP rollout

10 Oct 2022

Upp – the UK fibre ISP that is backed by Luxembourg-based LetterOne – has reportedly enlisted Nokia to deploy a significant chunk of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which is expected to pass one million homes and businesses in the East of England by 2025. According to ISP Review, the contract will see Nokia reach 400,000 homes with its fibre deployments. The site quotes Upp CEO Drew Ritchie as saying: ‘Nokia brings additional expertise to Upp, following their experiences supporting similar sized projects in Germany, Spain and Poland.’

As per the report, Upp’s rollout has already begun in several towns across Norfolk and Lincolnshire (Stamford and Diss) and the ISP aims to cover 50 towns (roughly 300,000 homes) in the two counties by the end of 2022.

Earlier this year, the company informed ISP Review that its rollout plans were unaffected by the resignation of several Russian billionaires from the LetterOne board. LetterOne – which was co-founded by oligarchs Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven – is a key shareholder in VEON, which has operations in multiple countries, including Russian mobile giant Beeline.

United Kingdom, Nokia, Upp