WORK BEGINS ON PROJECT GIGABIT ROLLOUT TO 45,000 HARD TO REACH HOMES ACROSS CAMBRIDGESHIRE
19 February 2024
With construction of Worcester’s full fibre network well underway, CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, recently welcomed Robin Walker MP for a tour of the works in Cathedral Ward, giving him a closer look at the £21m city wide project.
During the visit, representatives from CityFibre and build partner, Kier, introduced Mr. Walker to full fibre digital infrastructure, the best network technology currently available, and provided demonstrations of the typical build process, including excavation and reinstatement.
Unlike much of the digital infrastructure accessible to households today, full fibre networks use 100% fibre optics to carry data at high 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.
A full fibre connection also goes far beyond simply enabling access to the latest entertainment at lightning speed. As an essential digital utility, full fibre boosts households and businesses alike, with experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits, such as making us more productive and innovative.
Neal Wright, Area Manager at CityFibre, said: “Our ambition is to bolster UK towns and cities by delivering a state-of-the-art network that will future proof their digital foundations. According to recent Hatch research, in Worcester alone, our full fibre network is expected to unlock £131 million in productivity and innovation, as well as deliver a £83 million increase in house value.
“Worcester was among the first projects to be announced by CityFibre, so it’s really exciting to see the network grow with more addresses going live day by day. We cannot wait to see how the city will benefit.”
Commenting on the progress of CityFibre’s £21m project, Robin Walker MP, said: “It was fantastic to witness the progress the CityFibre team has made to date, and to see firsthand the work that goes into modernising our city’s infrastructure.
“I welcome this investment made by CityFibre and I am looking forward to seeing how the next stages of the rollout develop, along with the wider benefits that it will bring to the local economy.”
Construction is being delivered by Kier on behalf of CityFibre. The team is using a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Worcester City Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while managing potential disruption.
As the network is completed in each neighbourhood, CityFibre will designate the homes ‘ready for service’, which means residents can choose to connect to full fibre-enabled broadband services when they go live in their area.
In Worcester, full fibre services are currently available from Vodafone, Talk Talk, Giganet and Zen. Across the UK, CityFibre is working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver next generation broadband services, as well as TalkTalk, Giganet, and Zen with others 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 at www.cityfibre.com/PR
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