WORK BEGINS ON PROJECT GIGABIT ROLLOUT TO 45,000 HARD TO REACH HOMES ACROSS CAMBRIDGESHIRE
19 February 2024
CityFibre has now laid 40km of full fibre internet cables beneath the streets of Worcester as part of its £21m plan to future-proof the city’s digital connectivity. The landmark achievement by CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, means there is enough full fibre cabling connecting the city’s homes to cover 400 Worcester Warriors rugby pitches.
Swift progress has been made since works began in Warndon in May last year, meaning thousands of residents and businesses will soon be able to enjoy access to the fastest, most reliable connectivity available.
The rollout, which is projected to be largely completed by early 2023, will boost business productivity and innovation and deliver millions of pounds in economic benefits for the city, while giving access to the UK’s fastest broadband services.
Neal Wright, CityFibre’s City Manager for Worcester, said: “The fact that we have now laid enough fibre in Worcester to service over 4,500 premises to date, it really hits home how much progress we have made since starting the build at the end of May 2021.
“We’re well on our way to making the city world-class in terms of its digital infrastructure, and the people of Worcester will reap the benefits for decades to come. This has been achieved by working together with our build partner, their build team, and Worcester Council. With our network now live across many parts of the city we are pleased to be enabling residents to connect to the fastest and most reliable full fibre broadband services available.”
Worcester is one of the first of a growing number of locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s £4bn Gigabit City Investment Programme which will bring new and improved broadband infrastructure within reach of up to eight million homes and businesses nationwide.
CityFibre’s build partner Kier Group is working in various locations across the city, with work currently ongoing in the Warndon, Rainbow Hill and Nunnery areas. Work has been completed in Warndon, with more areas to follow shortly as the rollout progresses north of the city.
As work is completed in each neighbourhood, residents can access some of the fastest and most competitive Full Fibre broadband packages available. In Worcester, services are available from TalkTalk and Zen, with other ISPs (Internet Service Providers) set to join the network soon.
People interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, pre-register their interest and ensure they are updated on service availability at www.cityfibre.com.
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