CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre platform, has
announced the appointment of a new build partner to lead its £32m
investment in digital infrastructure across Barnsley.
Svella Connect has been selected to deliver the construction
programme on CityFibre’s behalf, using modern build techniques to deploy
the network quickly. The team will work closely with CityFibre,
Barnsley Council and local communities to manage disruption and ensure a
fast and successful rollout.
Mobilisation is now underway with Svella Connect to replace the
previous build partner and construction is due to begin again in early
2022. Throughout the project residents will be kept informed by direct
mailings ahead of works in their streets beginning.
As part of the private investment from CityFibre, Barnsley will
benefit from a town-wide network rollout that will bring Full Fibre
broadband connectivity – the best technology for the job – within reach
of nearly every home and business in the town.
Natalie Ward, CityFibre’s City Manager for Barnsley, said:
“We are delighted to have appointed a new build partner so quickly who
we know will really help ramp up our operation in the town. Already this
year we have made significant progress and we aim to accelerate even
faster throughout 2022.
“CityFibre is leading the charge in South Yorkshire to make Full
Fibre available to the people and businesses of Barnsley and we look
forward to this transformative technology being available in even more
homes very soon.”
Gavin Davies, Svella Connect Managing Director, said:
“This appointment as a build partner is great news for Svella Connect
and it’s exciting for us to lead such an important multi-million pound
infrastructure project which will see homes and businesses benefit from a
modern, hybrid network.
“It reinforces our position as a key infrastructure partner to
CityFibre, supporting its nationwide connectivity targets, and will see
us further expand and strengthen our delivery teams in Yorkshire.”
Currently, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) is only available to around
28 per cent of premises across the UK. It is revered as the best in
connectivity for its speed, near unlimited bandwidth and reliability. By
using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the
customer’s home or business to the Internet, users will be offered a
significantly superior and more reliable broadband service, capable of
Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).
Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and register their interest at: www.cityfibre.com/PR-Register