Project Gigabit contract award unlocks 215,000 home expansion of CityFibre’s networks across Cambridgeshire
21 March 2023
CityFibre has, today, announced plans to extend its build footprint for Peterborough, enabling thousands more homes to access its full fibre network and reliable high-speed broadband services.
CityFibre is investing a further £1.5m to boost the original £30m project, which has already brought the best available connectivity within reach of tens of thousands of premises across the city.
In September of last year, CityFibre hit a major milestone in Peterborough when it officially passed the halfway mark on its original build plan. Now, with huge demand for full fibre services, the villages of Glinton and Eye are being added to the roll out, with work starting in the areas this month.
Services are now live for users across many areas of Peterborough, including Dogsthorpe, Paston, Walton, Eastfield, Park, Orton Southgate and New England. The connections in these areas are being delivered via launch partner Vodafone’s ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service, with TalkTalk ‘Future Fibre’ packages also now available. Residents in Glinton and Eye will be able to receive services from both Vodafone and TalkTalk.
Granemore Group is delivering the project on CityFibre’s behalf. The team will continue to work closely with CityFibre and Peterborough City Council to manage any disruption and use modern build techniques to ensure a fast and efficient roll out.
Rebecca Stephens, CityFibre’s City Manager for Peterborough, said: “We’re making huge strides in delivering Full Fibre to homes and businesses across Peterborough, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring our best-in-class network to include those living in the villages of Glinton and Eye.
“At CityFibre, we pride ourselves on being agile and flexible. There is clear demand in these villages for Full Fibre and we’re now working quickly to ensure premises in both villages can access our network later this year.”
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, 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.
Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “It is our goal to give as many residents and businesses as possible access to full fibre networks and reliable high speed broadband services so it is great news that residents in Eye and Glinton will be the latest to receive these services. I am sure residents in the many other parts of the city already benefiting from these services will vouch for how useful this level of digital connectivity is for businesses in particular.
“When the CityFibre project is complete, Peterborough will be one of the best digitally connected cities in the UK, and indeed the world. This will bring a number of positive benefits such as helping to attract and retain businesses, encouraging new investment, boosting innovation, and enhancing educational opportunities.”
Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and check whether services are live by visiting: cityfibre.com/homes
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