CityFibre joins CNI in Blackpool to support the area’s digital aspirations

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CityFibre joins CNI in Blackpool to support the area’s digital aspirations

30 November 2021

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CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, has joined Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI), supported by Blackpool Council. As a CNI member, CityFibre will be better positioned to collaborate with local stakeholders to ensure residents and businesses get the best possible services.

CNI brings together public and private sector organisations to create and share new digital infrastructures in and around Tameside, Blackpool, Manchester, Brighton & Sussex and streamline the building process. The cooperative, which includes ISPs and infrastructure providers, offers members wholesale access to fibre and exchange point facilities allowing them to build and operate advanced digital connectivity services.

Nationally, CityFibre is building new and better digital infrastructure for up to 8 million homes and businesses through its up to £4bn Gigabit City Investment Programme. In Blackpool, it is investing £60m in a new area-wide network that will bring full fibre connectivity – the best technology for the job – within reach of almost every home and business. Construction has been underway since April this year and is progressing well.

Steve Thorpe, City Manager at CityFibre, who leads the Blackpool project, said: “With our teams already starting to build the network in the borough, collaboration and coordination with local partners is imperative. Membership of the CNI is a critical and positive step forward and we’re looking forward to the new opportunities that this will bring.”

Tony Doyle, Head of ICT Services at Blackpool Council, said: “We’re pleased to welcome CityFibre to the CNI, which plays an important role in driving greater digital collaboration in the region, and look forward to their ongoing contribution towards the digital vision for Blackpool and Fylde Coast.”

Chris Wade, Co-Founder & Director of The Networking People (TNP), added: “As long-standing members of the CNI, we’re always pleased to see the ecosystem grow and CityFibre’s contribution will no doubt be significant for Blackpool’s digital future”.

Full fibre networks, unlike many of the copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, 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 speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps 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, businesses and public services alike, with experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits, such as making us more productive and innovative.

Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and register their interest at