British pure fibre provider CityFibre has identified 216 additional towns and villages that will benefit from its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network rollout, completing the list of locations that will be covered under its GBP4 billion (USD5.6 billion) nationwide investment programme. Outlining its plans in a press release, the company said that the newly selected locations will see it extending its infrastructure to ‘much smaller conurbations’, bringing the benefits of FTTP technology to communities outside the UK’s major towns and cities. According to CityFibre, its new network rollouts will reach in excess of three million homes and represent more than GBP1.5 billion in private investment.
With CtiyFibre’s nationwide build programme expected to be substantially completed by 2025, it will reportedly address approximately a third of the domestic market including up to eight million homes, 800,000 businesses, 400,000 public sector sites and 250,000 5G access points. The fibre provider claims that such a footprint will give it ‘the largest independent Full Fibre platform in the country’. According to the operator, however, it continues to evaluate further opportunities to expand its nationwide rollout ambitions, noting that this could entail the extension of more of its existing build projects alongside possible participation in the BDUK rural programme. CityFibre’s network currently passes around 650,000 premises, while the company says it has seen momentum from ISP partners, confirming that 14 companies are now ‘signed, mobilised and selling’ services over its infrastructure, with strategic partners including Vodafone UK, TalkTalk and Zen.
Commenting Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome so many new towns, villages and communities to our Full Fibre rollout programme. By 2025, our world-class digital infrastructure will be within reach of nearly a third of the UK market, connecting homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, and supporting 5G mobile networks … We have seen huge enthusiasm and early success from our ISP partners, both large and small. Together we’re maximising the potential of a new infrastructure build programme to stimulate demand and drive take-up.’