Privately-owned ISP Zen Internet has announced plans to offer full fibre services to end users across the United Kingdom by teaming up with wholesale full fibre provider CityFibre. Zen, which claims to be the UK’s largest independently owned telecommunications and technology service provider, becomes the third national ISP to join CityFibre’s ‘rapidly expanding’ national open access networks as the latter progresses its GBP4 billion (USD5.3 billion) Gigabit City Investment Programme.
The first locations set to enjoy access to Zen’s 1Gbps services will be Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Worthing, where the first customers are expected to go live in January 2021. Ipswich and Leicester will be launched later in 2021 with further locations to be announced in due course. Alongside the delivery of home broadband services, CityFibre and Zen will reportedly work together to develop an extensive wholesale business service across CityFibre’s national network footprint.
Commenting on the tie-up, CityFibre’s CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Zen onto our networks, and to support their exciting Gigabit-speed home broadband service … With build or mobilisation already underway across 67 towns and cities, and plans to reach up to eight million premises, CityFibre is fast creating a nationwide world-class wholesale full fibre platform for our current and future customers. In doing so, we are also playing our part in providing the UK with the digital infrastructure needed to support its economic recovery and long-term success.’