Netomnia, YouFibre raise £230 million

March 20, 2023
This is at least the third round of funding Netomnia and YouFibre have received since their founding in 2019.

UK altnet Netomnia and sister ISP YouFibre say they have raised £230 million ($281.8 million) in committed debt financing from a group of six bank lenders. The banker group includes HSBC UK, ING, NIBC, RBC, Standard Chartered, and UKIB. The financing package includes an “accordion” for future funding to support further business growth.

This is at least the third round of funding Netomnia and YouFibre have received since their founding in 2019. The companies announced the receipt of £123 million ($150.7 million) in November 2021 and £295 million ($361.5 million) in April 2022 (see “Altnet Netomnia, service provider YouFibre score funding for UK full fiber deployment” and “UK altnet Netomnia, YouFibre add £295 million in funding led by DigitalBridge”). Netomnia says it is the UK”s fourth-largest altnet; its fiber to the premises (FTTP) infrastructure passes 410,000 premises ready for service, with 28,000 customers connected. The company has targeted 1 million homes passed, a figure that in 2021 it said it hoped to reach this year.

“We are very pleased to welcome this new group of lenders to Netomnia and are thrilled they have chosen to support the continued acceleration of our business,” commented Wil Wadsworth, CFO at Netomnia and YouFibre. “The enthusiasm from these institutions to support our business is a testament to our successes at Netomnia and YouFibre, and our unique approach to building our full fiber network and providing best-in-class internet speeds and services to customers across the UK.

“Everyone in the UK is impacted by the rising cost of living, and interest rates are hitting businesses and families alike. Now more than ever it’s vital that we continue to build our network at pace to provide better and more affordable broadband to as many homes and businesses as we can,” Wadsworth concluded.

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