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CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent carrier-neutral Full Fibre platform, has named Sittingbourne as the next UK town in line for a multi-million-pound investment in its digital infrastructure – a move that will see it join the nation’s growing list of Full Fibre enabled communities.
CityFibre is set to invest £9.5m in a new town-wide network that will bring fast and reliable Full Fibre-enabled internet services within reach of almost every home and business in Sittingbourne. This comes as part of a wider investment in the Kent area.
Across the UK, CityFibre is building new and better digital infrastructure for up to eight million homes and businesses through its nationwide Full Fibre rollout. Full Fibre networks, unlike many of the copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, use 100% fibre optic technology 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 and businesses alike, with experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits, such as making us more productive and innovative.
Construction work on the Full Fibre network in Sittingbourne will begin later this year. As work 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.
As Area Manager, Anne Krausse will be responsible for overseeing the project, while also acting as the main point of contact for all stakeholders. Anne said: “We are delighted to be adding Sittingbourne to our nationwide Full Fibre roll out. In a few short months, our builders will get to work on a town-wide Full Fibre network – and we think people will be amazed by the difference it will make, both now and for generations to come. This technology will bring a whole host of opportunities for residents and businesses in the southeast and we can’t wait for them to see what is possible with strong digital connectivity.”
Speaking of CityFibre’s full fibre rollout plans for Sittingbourne, Gordon Henderson MP commented: “I am delighted to hear that CityFibre is investing up to £9m in Sittingbourne, bringing Full Fibre broadband to local people and business across the area.
“A genuine Full Fibre network is an important step in stimulating economic growth in constituencies like mine. It will tap into the potential of local businesses and lift the local economy."
In Sittingbourne, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. Across the UK, CityFibre is already working with launch partner Vodafone to supply Full Fibre infrastructure for customers on selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, while TalkTalk, IDNet, Giganet, Zen and other providers are 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 here.
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