British pure fibre provider CityFibre has released details of its plans to deploy gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure in the towns of Slough and Swindon. According to the company, it will invest GBP40 million (USD53 million) in Swindon, with a further GBP24 million earmarked for network development in Slough. Detailed planning for the infrastructure in both locations is said to be underway, and upon completion, CityFibre has said that its new networks will be ‘in reach of nearly every home and business’ in both towns, providing ‘a platform for a new generation of ‘smart city’ applications and the rollout of 5G mobile services’. VolkerSmart Technologies has been selected to deliver the construction programmes on both projects on CityFibre’s behalf.
This latest announcement regarding future rollout plans comes only a couple of weeks after CityFibre announced that Stirling, in Scotland, had become the first location where its main full fibre build had been completed. At that date, the company confirmed that its network in the city passed more than 17,500 premises, though it also revealed it will now work to extend its infrastructure in Stirling to a further 2,500 premises ‘in response to strong demand for services over the network and thanks to the ongoing support from Stirling Council in accelerating the rollout’. It noted that much of this extended rollout will take place in the city centre.