construction of its new full fibre network for Norwich now well underway in the
city, CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, welcomed Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North for a tour of
the works, giving her a closer look at the £50m project.
During the visit, Ms. Smith
met representatives from CityFibre and was introduced to full fibre digital
infrastructure, the best network technology currently available. She was also
provided with demonstrations of the typical build process, including excavation
The project forms part of
CityFibre’s up to £4bn Gigabit City
Investment Programme which will bring full fibre networks within reach of up to
8m homes and businesses across the UK.
Unlike the majority of the digital
infrastructure accessible to households today, full fibre networks use 100%
fibre optic cables to carry data at light speed all the way from the home to
the point of connection. This gives users consistently faster speeds for upload
and download (up to 1,000 Mbps), near limitless bandwidth and connectivity
users can depend on.
Speaking of the tour,
Charles Kitchin, CityFibre’s Area Manager for Norwich, said: “It’s
great to see such enthusiasm and excitement for the digital infrastructure that
we’re building beneath the streets of Norwich. This new network will enable
unbeatable homeworking and digital entertainment experiences. We look forward
to giving residents more of a choice when it comes to connectivity.
“Aside from the benefits it will bring
to residents on a personal level, this new and improved digital network will drive a range of economic benefits for the whole city,
such as making us more productive and innovative. As the world moves
increasingly online, full fibre will future-proof Norwich and make it one of
the best-connected communities in the UK.”
Commenting on the progress of
CityFibre’s £50m project, Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North, said: “It was great to visit the team at CityFibre
and learn more about the really extensive programme across the city that will
allow Gigabit speed broadband services to be supplied to homes & businesses
in Norwich North.
“This Full Fibre network is a huge step
forward in Norwich. It's never been more needed and I am delighted to see such
investment and commitment taking place in Norwich.”
Construction is being delivered by Telec
Networks on behalf of CityFibre. The team is using a range of construction
methods while working in close partnership with Norwich City Council, Norfolk
County Council and the local community to deliver a fast rollout while
minimising potential disruption.
While the overall project is expected to
take up to four years to complete, construction teams will typically only take
a few days to pass each property. CityFibre will be in touch by post ahead of
any work starting.
As the network is completed in each
neighbourhood, internet service providers (ISPs) will ‘light them up’ with some
of the fastest and best value broadband packages available in the country. In Norwich, a number of broadband providers will be
launching services throughout 2022 including UK launch partner Vodafone, on
selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, as well as TalkTalk, Zen, Air Broadband
and InTouch Systems, with other providers expected to join the network soon.
Residents interested in
giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and
register their interest here.