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24 May 2023
With construction of Maidenhead’s full fibre network well underway, CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, recently welcomed Theresa May MP to the town, giving her a closer look at the £14m town wide project.
During the visit, representatives from CityFibre and build partner VolkerHighways, introduced Theresa May MP 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 optic 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.
Neil Madle, CityFibre’s Area Manager for Maidenhead, said: “It was a pleasure to have Theresa May MP join us in Maidenhead and show her the work we have been doing to transform the digital capabilities of the town.
“According to recent Hatch research, in Maidenhead alone, our full fibre network is expected to unlock £146 million in productivity and innovation, as well as deliver a £103 million increase in house value.
“It’s really exciting to see the network grow with more addresses going live day by day and we cannot wait to see how the town will benefit in the years to come.”
Commenting on the progress of CityFibre’s £14m project, Theresa May MP for the Royal Borough and Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “I found it incredibly interesting to see behind the scenes of CityFibre’s network and learn about how it will futureproof the area. It’s so important that we invest the time and funding into our digital infrastructure. It will make a huge difference to residents and businesses and make Maidenhead one of the best connected towns in the UK.”
Construction is being delivered by VolkerHighways on behalf of CityFibre. The team is using a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 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 Maidenhead, CityFibre is working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver next generation broadband services, as well as TalkTalk, Giganet, Zen, IDNet, Octaplus, Yayzi, Trunk and Andrews & Arnold 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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