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CityFibre and toob unveil strategic relationship

23 Nov 2022

CityFibre has announced the signing of an agreement with fellow full fibre network operator toob to enable the two companies ‘to extend their successful broadband retail proposition across CityFibre’s national footprint’.

In a press release regarding the development, it was noted that, with toob currently building its own fibre infrastructure in the South of England, the agreement will enable it to extend its reach by offering services over CityFibre’s infrastructure. Initially toob will begin by offering connectivity over the latter’s network in Portsmouth, before launching in areas that are adjacent to its own network rollouts.

Meanwhile, CityFibre and toob have also agreed Heads of Terms for a wholesale aggregation partnership which will see the latter’s current and future network builds incorporated into CityFibre’s ‘Ready for Service’ footprint, expanding the addressable market for all CityFibre’s ISP partners. According to the companies, the technical integration of toob’s footprint is expected to be completed by summer 2023 and will provide CityFibre’s ISP partners with access to over 100,000 premises across Southampton and Camberley. Looking ahead, toob is committed to building a network which will reach more than one million premises across the South of England over the next five years, all of which will be made available to CityFibre’s ISP partners ‘at the same service levels as CityFibre’s own network’.

Commenting on the matter, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘We are delighted to welcome toob on board as a service provider partner on our networks … This deal also represents the UK’s first major partnership between infrastructure builders, establishing a new model of wholesale aggregation that significantly accelerates and expands the addressable footprint available to our wholesale ISP partners.’ Nick Parbutt, CEO and founder at toob added: ‘[We are] delighted to be partnering with CityFibre. Opening our own network to other ISPs has been part of our strategy from the outset, and partnering with CityFibre allows ISPs to access the toob full fibre network. Likewise expanding our very successful brand and proposition in the region by using CityFibre’s Network provides a great opportunity to capitalise on our investment in the region, offer our proposition to more customers and ultimately grow the company.’

United Kingdom, CityFibre (incl. FibreNation), toob

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