British pure fibre provider CityFibre has announced plans to deploy infrastructure in 36 additional locations as part of its GBP4 billion (USD5.2 billion) ‘Gigabit City Investment Programme’, under which it aims to cover up to eight million premises across the UK. Amongst the new locations to be covered are cities such as Glasgow, Nottingham and Wolverhampton, as well as smaller towns including Solihull, Crawley and Barnsley. In a press release regarding the matter, CityFibre also revealed that in parallel to expanding its rollout plans it has also ‘accelerated the mobilisation of its network build capabilities, with a process underway to award GBP1.5 billion in construction contracts by the summer’. Specifically, CityFibre has said that it expects to award the contracts by July 2020, enabling the selected partners ‘to secure and mobilise their workforce in preparation for network construction to begin in nearly all the announced cities by the end of 2020’.
Commenting, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘Britain’s need for a world-class digital infrastructure has never been greater which is why we stand firmly behind the Government’s plan for nationwide coverage by 2025. Full fibre will play a critical role in levelling-up the UK and so today we are accelerating our plans, bringing full fibre to more towns and cities, even faster.’ Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Oliver Dowden, added: ‘We want to make sure every corner of the country benefits from world-class, gigabit speed broadband, so it is great to see CityFibre expanding out into 36 more towns and cities … We are working closely with industry to push ahead with nationwide rollout and investing GBP5 billion so the hardest-to-reach areas aren’t left behind.’
The full list of newly-announced locations for CityFibre’s network rollout are: Barnsley, Bath, Blackpool, Bognor Regis, Bracknell, Brighton & Hove, Bury St Edmunds, Chatham, Cheltenham, Chester, Christchurch, Crawley, Dundee, Eastbourne, Gateshead, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Halifax, Horsham, Littlehampton, Maidenhead, Middlesborough, Norwich, Nottingham, Poole, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Solihull, Stoke on Trent, Weston-super-Mare, Wolverhampton and Worcester.