Neil McArthur’s Freedom Fibre in ‘strategic merger’ with VX UK

The fibre firm founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Neil McArthur is merging with another provider with ambitious plans for growth.
Freedom Fibre is joining forces with InfraBridge-backed VX UK Holdings in what Mr McArthur calls a “strategic merger”.
The combined business will serve more than 285,000 premises, mostly in the North West and Midlands. Freedom Fibre will acquire the UK assets and operations of VX UK and the combined entity will be controlled by infrastructure investment manager InfraBridge.
The new business will operate as Freedom Fibre and be run by Mr McArthur. Darren Woods, currently Freedom Fibre chief financial officer, will have the same role in the enlarged business.
Freedom Fibre launched in 2020 to offer wholesale-only services on its network and has a long-term wholesale agreement with TalkTalk.
Its founder Mr McArthur founded Opal Telecommunications in 1995. It was acquired by Carphone Warehouse in 2002, when Talk Talk was formed. Mr McArthur h …