CityFibre inks partner deals for 350 new sites on recently acquired networks in Leeds and Bradford

6 Apr 2016

Less than three months after acquiring the national fibre network assets belonging to KCOM Group, pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced two new commercial agreements with Exa Networks and Diva Telecom, which it said will add a total of 350 new sites to its infrastructure in Leeds and Bradford.

In a press release unveiling the deals, CityFibre revealed that Bradford-based Exa Networks, which specialises in connectivity provision to the education and business sectors, has committed 250 new connections, while Diva Telecom, an established business-to-business telecoms provider in Leeds, has made an initial commitment of 100 connections.

With a combined duct route length of approximately 190 kilometres, CityFibre noted that its Leeds and Bradford networks are amongst the larger assets acquired from KCOM. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2015 as announced the conditional acquisition of national infrastructure assets from KCOM Group for a total consideration of GBP90.0 million (USD137.0 million). The purchase covered approximately 1,100km of metro network assets in 24 towns and cities, and a 1,100km long-distance network connecting 22 towns and cities, linking to data centres and wholesale internet peering points in London.

Commenting on this latest development, Greg Mesch, CityFibre’s chief executive, said: ‘Commercialising our national network assets is of paramount importance to us, and so we are very pleased to be adding two key partners to our ranks … Since the acquisition, we have contracted commitment of over 450 new sites in less than 90 days, underlining the importance of an alternative infrastructure provider to BT Openreach.’

United Kingdom, CityFibre