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29 February 2024
With construction of Wolverhampton’s full fibre network well underway, CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, recently welcomed Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West, for a tour of its Aldersley Road Fibre Exchange (FEx), giving him a closer look at the £50m city wide project.
During the visit, representatives from CityFibre and build partner, Callan Connect, introduced Stuart Anderson MP and Councillor Sohail Khan to full fibre digital infrastructure, the best broadband network technology currently available, and provided demonstrations of the typical build process, including excavation and reinstatement.
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.
Bashir Ahmed MBE, Partnership Manager for Wolverhampton at CityFibre, said: “It was a pleasure to have Stuart Anderson MP join us in Wolverhampton to show him the work we’ve been doing across the city to deliver a state-of-the-art network that will futureproof its digital foundations. According to recent Hatch research, in Wolverhampton alone, our full fibre network is expected to unlock £222 million in productivity and innovation, as well as deliver a £144 million increase in house value.
“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 in the years to come.”
Commenting on the progress of CityFibre’s £50m project, Stuart Anderson, MP for Wolverhampton South West said: “It was brilliant to get a behind-the-scenes look at the work CityFibre is doing to grow the network in the local area. The demonstrations of the build process were incredibly insightful and it was great to see the steps we are taking to improve our digital infrastructure in Wolverhampton. Investing in technology such as this will make a monumental difference to residents and businesses throughout the city.”
Construction is being delivered by Callan Connect on behalf of CityFibre. The team is using a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while managing potential disruption.
As the network is completed in each neighborhood, 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.
Across the UK, CityFibre is working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver next generation broadband services, as well as TalkTalk, Giganet, Zen, and other providers.
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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