Three UK, CityFibre expand their 5G mobile backhaul deal

7 Sep 2020

Mobile operator Three UK has inked a deal with British pure fibre provider CityFibre, extending their multi-million pound 5G backhaul contract signed in February 2020. Under the amended contract, the fibre network provider will connect a further 1,300 mobile masts in 59 towns and cities across the UK, building on the deal announced earlier this year in which it became Three UK’s preferred provider of backhaul connectivity outside London. In that deal, CityFibre said that the long-term framework between the two companies will enable Three UK to leverage its rapidly growing national full fibre network to support the rollout of 5G, by providing backhaul connectivity to the MNO’s cell sites, with ‘hundreds’ of sites already planned for connection this year across a number of CityFibre’s Gigabit City projects. It is understood that the tie-up has already supported the rollout of 5G at more than 100 locations across the country. This latest deal will more than triple the mobile operator’s initial commitment and will see CityFibre’s Full Fibre infrastructure ‘continue to underpin its national 5G rollout’.