British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced the official launch of its network infrastructure rollout in Northampton, confirming via a press release that construction work has commenced in the Hardingstone area of the town, with Wootton, Grange Park and Collingtree to ‘follow soon’. The rollout is being undertaken as part of a GBP40 million (USD49 million) private investment, under which CityFibre expects the first homes and businesses will be able to connect to the network from early 2020, with works projected to be largely complete by the end of 2022.
TeleGeography notes that twelve ‘Gigabit Cities’ had previously been announced by CityFibre, namely: Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Coventry, Stirling, Huddersfield, Leeds, Cambridge, Southend, Bournemouth and Northampton. In July 2019, meanwhile, the operator confirmed that 14 further towns and cities were being planned and mobilised for full fibre deployment, as the second phase of CityFibre’s GBP2.5 billion investment plan, which seeks to bring competitive full fibre infrastructure to at least five million homes. The locations in question were named as: Batley, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Inverness, Ipswich, Leicester, Lowestoft, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Rotherham, Slough, Swindon and Worthing.