Pure fibre provider CityFibre has named three new locations where it will roll out gigabit-capable broadband connectivity, as part of a project being undertaken in partnership with Vodafone UK. In a press release, CityFibre confirmed that Cambridge, Leeds and Southend-on-Sea have been earmarked as the next cities where fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure will be deployed, with each of these locations ‘set to benefit from multimillion-pound digital investments exceeding GBP170 million (USD223 million)’.
In announcing these new rollout locations, this brings the total number of towns and cities confirmed to receive full fibre deployments under the project to ten, with CityFibre and Vodafone aiming to bring full fibre broadband to one million UK premises by 2021. Detailed city-wide planning is reportedly already underway in all three of the newly-announced areas, while CityFibre is said to be working closely with each local authority to coordinate the build and maximise the benefits of full fibre. CityFibre has already invested in spine networks in each of the three locations, working with a range of partners to connect public services such as schools, libraries, offices and businesses.
Meanwhile, with network construction already underway in Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Aberdeen, work is scheduled to begin in Edinburgh, Stirling, Coventry and Huddersfield before the end of this year. Since mid-September 2018, ‘hundreds of customers’ in Milton Keynes have already placed orders for Vodafone’s ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service, which will offer speeds of up to 900Mbps over the fibre infrastructure, while residents and businesses in Aberdeen and Peterborough will be eligible for the service from early November 2018, it was confirmed.
Commenting on the matter, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘Our rollout is gathering pace. We have made investment commitments that will transform the digital capabilities of ten towns and cities forever.’