UK-based pure-fibre provider CityFibre has named Peterborough as the next location where it will undertake a city-wide rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, as part of a programme being carried out in partnership with Vodafone UK. It becomes the third city where the strategic partnership will deliver such connectivity after previously announcing deployment plans for Milton Keynes in January this year and Aberdeen in February; in total the two companies plan to cover 12 cities, reaching one million premises, by 2021.
With regards to Peterborough, CityFibre has committed to investing at least GBP30 million (USD42 million) in a project which will extend its existing fibre infrastructure to nearly every home and business in the city, with work set to start in May. CityFibre noted that the city is already making full use of the arterial fibre network it built back in 2013 following the award of a major public-sector contract, with most schools, council offices and the main hospital currently benefiting from full fibre access. With hundreds of businesses also already connected and benefiting from access to Gigabit speed services, it has been claimed that the network’s extension will bring fibre within reach of thousands more. For its part, meanwhile, Vodafone UK is expected to be able to use the FTTP network to offer customers its ‘Vodafone Gigafast Broadband’ service – which offers downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps – by early 2019.
Commenting on the choice of the city, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘Peterborough is the perfect demonstration of the benefits a third competitive digital infrastructure brings the UK market. Our network has delivered superior services, at a lower cost than BT Openreach. It has fuelled economic growth, innovation and inward investment and paved the way for us to bring full fibre to the entire city. Lessening dependence on BT Openreach and Virgin is not only good for Peterborough, its residents and businesses, it is critical for the UK as a whole.’