British ISP Zen Internet has announced what it calls a ‘major expansion’ to its strategic partnership with full fibre network provider CityFibre. Under the terms of the new agreement, Zen has made exclusive long-term volume commitments across CityFibre’s entire eight million home target rollout. This partnership expansion builds on the initial partnership between Zen and CityFibre which was first announced in 2020, under which Zen committed to launching services over the CityFibre network in four initial locations. Subsequent expansion has seen Zen expand to offering services over the CityFibre network in 31 locations.
In a press release regarding the matter, Zen confirmed the expanded agreement will ultimately enable it to use CityFibre’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in 285 cities, towns and locations across the country by 2025. Zen notes that it will continue to launch in new cities in the coming weeks and it is expected that its services will be available to all homes across the existing CityFibre footprint – which passes around 1.5 million premises – by late 2022.
Zen’s chief executive Paul Stobart said of the development: ‘We’re delighted to be working with CityFibre on delivering full fibre broadband to even more UK homes up and down the country. We’re seeing great consumer demand and interest in our early cities and are excited to ensure more homes can access an award-winning full fibre service at what is a pivotal time for connectivity in the home. By 2030 everyone will have made the switch and we are excited about the role Zen plays as an ultrafast pioneer to be a key enabler of early adoption.’