British pure fibre provider CityFibre has confirmed to ISPreview that its in-deployment fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network is now available to more than half a million premises across the country. The report notes that at present 66 of the more than 100 towns and cities where the operator intends to roll out its fibre infrastructure have now been assigned a contractor, with construction now underway in 33 of those locations, while FTTP-based connectivity is now being offered commercially in 27 locations. With the latter figure expected to rise to 60 by the end of this year, CityFibre is said to be aiming to have passed more than one million premises by that date.
Commenting on the matter, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch was cited as saying: ‘Our focus over the past twelve months has been to put in place the scaling capability required to deliver on our rollout targets … to bring world-class Full Fibre infrastructure to up to eight million premises by 2025 … Operationally, we have so far awarded approximately GBP2.5 billion [USD3.4 billion] in construction contracts and have build underway in over 30 towns and cities. We have also brought in Bechtel to enable another step change in mobilisation, setting us up for rollouts and live services across more than 60 towns and cities by the end of 2021.’