Ask Swish

As part of a £250 million-pound investment to create a state-of-the-art 10,000Mbps full-fibre network, we are currently building our network across towns in the Home Counties.  

This page is designed to keep you informed of progress and where we are currently working.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question not covered, drop us a line and we'll get right onto answering your query.

1

Why is Swish Fibre coming to your community?

Swish are building Full Fibre broadband networks across the United Kingdom to help achieve the UK Government’s strategic target to extend gigabit-capable broadband to 85% of UK premises by the end of 2025 and universal coverage by around 2030. Gigabit-capable broadband means download speeds of at least 1 gigabit-per-second (1Gbps or 1,000Mbps). Swish are taking this one step further by building next-generation 10Gbps or 10,000Mbps capable Full Fibre networks to ensure you have access to the best broadband in the UK.

2

What are your working hours?

Construction teams: (8am – 6pm Monday to Saturday)

Customer Care: (9am-5.30pm Monday – Sunday)

3

What are you doing to minimise the impact of street works on local residents?

Swish is regulated by Ofcom and has Openreach communications provider status, which allows the use of existing Openreach infrastructure (telegraph poles & underground ducting) to distribute Full Fibre. This is the quickest, least disruptive and preferred method of construction. If we are in an area where this infrastructure does not exist, we must complete civils work to build new ducting that will provide residents with access to Full Fibre broadband.

4

Do you have permission to install cabinets in my street?

Yes. Swish Fibre has been granted Code Powers by Ofcom and all other necessary permissions to undertake the work required. We have worked closely with your local authority to ensure the planning and coordination of our build programme and all cabinet locations have been approved. 

5

When will you finish?

The type and length of building works will differ per town and street. We endeavour to keep each of our communities as updated as possible with personal communications on individual builds however we advise residents to refer to the Swish Fibre Build Updates page at: swishfibre.com/buildupdates. Permits issued to Utility companies in the UK are also available on the public one.network website.

6

Will my street be closed to traffic and will you leave my street the same way you found it?

Information about the start and end date of any road closure will be published on www.roadworks.org by your local authority. Swish Fibre will be issued a permit prior to any works commencing. If we need to undertake any excavation work on the road or the pavement, we will reinstate it as close to the original surface as possible within 14-days. For example, we will re-instate existing paving slabs or apply a covering of new tarmac, which will blend into the existing pavement over time. If you have any concerns about access to your property, please get in touch with the contractors on-site and they will assist you.

7

What happens if I have a problem with the street works being carried out?

We appreciate that any disruption can be unsettling, which is why our construction partner has been carefully selected to ensure the necessary work is completed safely and as efficiently as possible. Should you have any queries during construction, you will find a permit board attached to the barriers with contact details for the local contractor.  You can otherwise contact us on: Tel: 0800 048 9415 / E-mail: support@swishfibre.com

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In case of emergency – 24/7 line open:

In the unlikely event of an emergency, please refer to the 24/7 number attached to the permit board on the barriers. Permits are in-place with strict response times which fall under two categories for escalation. Category 1 emergencies which may be classed as a danger or hazard to the public will be responded to and made safe within 2 hours while Category 2 cases come with an 8-hour response time. The emergency line is open 24/7.

9

When will I be able to connect to Swish Fibre?

We’ll be in touch with you once your home is ready to be connected to the Swish Fibre network. In the meantime, you can register your interest at www.swishfibre.com to be kept up-to-date on progress.

 

Customer FAQs

If you have a question not covered, drop us a line and we'll get right onto answering your query.

1

How can I contact you for support?

You can reach our UK Customer Care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com

 

2

How do I order Plume pods/Static IP address/Call Forwarding?

To make further purchases, please contact our Sales team on 0800 0489415 or sales@swishfibre.com

3

How can I view my bill?

You can view your bill anywhere and anytime. Simply log into the Swish portal at portal.swishfibre.com/Authenticate

4

How do I access my online account?

Log into the Swish portal at portal.swishfibre.com/Authenticate 

When logging in for the first time click the ‘forgot your password’ link to set up your password for your account.  

5

How can I change the date of my Direct Debit?

To change the date of your direct debit, please reach out to our UK Customer Care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com

6

How do I change my service?

To amend your service, please contact our Sales team on 0800 0489415 or sales@swishfibre.com . Terms and conditions apply.

7

Can I keep my Sky satellite or Sky Q?

If you are a Sky subscriber and you’ve already got a Sky satellite dish then you can get Sky Q. Sky Q's online services will work with any broadband provider. Also, all streaming services will work with Swish fibre.
Further information can be found here.
Please email support@swishfibre.com should you require additional support.

8

Where can I find your policies and terms and conditions?

You can find all policies and terms and conditions at swishfibre.com/legal

9

How do I manage my Plume?

If you ordered Plume it can be managed on your smartphone or tablet. You can simply download the app by searching for HomePass by Plume via the Google Play (Android) or Apple App Store. Alternatively, please scan the appropriate QR code below for your chosen mobile device.

You can find set up instructions on the manufacturers website at support.plume.com/hc/en-gb 

10

How can I get the full performance out of my Full Fibre connection?

Our full fibre service brings ultrafast broadband speeds into your home, enabling you to connect more devices and have a great experience online. However, bear in mind that over Wi-Fi, you might not see the full blisteringly fast speeds as many devices are not capable of connecting over Wi-Fi at these speeds, plus environmental factors can interfere with the signal.

If you need to connect several rooms away from your router or if your home has thick walls we recommend using extra mesh Wi-Fi Plume pods to boost Wi-Fi coverage and ensure your devices connect on the faster 5GHz band if supported.  Try to position pods evenly throughout your home and away from anything that might interfere or block the signal, eg metal objects, large furniture or microwave ovens.

You can connect at the full speed of your ultrafast service by using a Cat 5e cable as long as your device has a Gbit Ethernet connection.

11

Why doesn’t my router look like a router?

You may have a traditional looking router, however for some customers your Plume Superpod is your router..  This small unit runs discreetly in your home, but delivers big performance.  It has tri-band Wi-Fi for the best connection and gives you full control of your home network with features like parental controls and network security, managed through the app.

For further details check Plume’s website https://support.plume.com

If you need additional wired connections, this can be provided with an Ethernet switch. Speak to the engineer or contact our customer care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com

plume pods

12

How can I log into my router?

Your Plume Superpod is your router. You can use the HomePass by Plume App to login and manage your router: see How do I manage my Plume?. For further information contact our Customer Care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com

13

Can I use my own router and/or Wi-Fi system?

Yes you can use your own router and/or Wi-Fi system. If your router has a gigabit Ethernet WAN interface you can connect this directly to our ONT (Optical Network Termination) 10GE port using an Ethernet cable. For further information contact our Customer Care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com

14

My internet isn't working, what should I do?

Before calling Swish, you can check the Swish fibre systems status at swishfibre.status.io/ to see the current service status and planned maintenance.

Fibre is fragile therefore you should avoid disconnecting it. You can make sure that your router or plume pod is connected to the ONT (Optical Network Terminator), where the fibre comes into your premises. It will only work if it’s connected to the ONT’s 10GE port with an ethernet cable.

Swish Fibre ONT box

15

How do I change my SSID (Wi-Fi name) and password?

If you have Plume, instructions can be found on the manufacturers site at https://support.plume.com

To update your access and passwords you can find instructions on the manufacturers site here or support.plume.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115015812747

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How do I use the equipment safely and keep my service operating well?

To keep your service running smoothly and safely, please take care of your ONT and router by following this advice.

Operating conditions

  • Temperature, 5-40degC

  • Relative humidity 10-90%

Installation and location

 

  • For indoor use only.

  • Position all parts of the equipment, including power adapters, away from heat and sun (e.g. away from radiators, window sills or other electrical equipment that can get hot).

  • Keep the area ventilated (e.g. don’t put behind sofas or in cupboards) and don’t block any vents with objects or thick carpets.

  • Keep the device and cables out of reach of young children and pets.

  • Only use power adapters provided by Swish for your devices; contact our customer care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com if you need a replacement.

  • Electronic devices hate liquids; don’t place devices and power adapters in damp areas or near sources of water or splashes.

  • The device may cause scratches or marks if placed on fragile surfaces (e.g. veneered wood or delicate fabrics); place on a mat if needed.

  • Don’t use near flammable substances or in a flammable atmosphere (e.g. warehouse or garage).

Care and maintenance

 

  • Treat all parts with care; avoid heavy impacts, vibration and strain on any cables.

  • Dust with a soft dry cloth; don’t use water or solvents.

  • Regularly check for damage and ensure the vents are not blocked to prevent overheating.

Warnings 

  • If any parts of your product, power adapters or any cables appear damaged, stop using them immediately. Switch off your electrical socket if it’s safe to do so and contact our customer care team on 0800 0489415 or support@swishfibre.com.

  • Don’t try to open your devices or power adapters. There are no serviceable parts and you risk an electrical shock.

17

How do I use the Emergency Video Relay service with my Swish broadband?

Emergency Video Relay (999 BSL) is a service that allows British Sign Language (BSL) users to make a video call to the emergency services via an interpreter. The interpreter translates what the deaf user is signing into spoken English for the emergency services operator, and signs what the operator is saying to the deaf user. For further information about how to use 999 BSL service, please visit their website: https://999bsl.co.uk/.

 

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