Community Housing tenants will be among the first in the country to benefit
from next-generation digital connectivity – thanks to a partnership between The
Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent
full fibre platform.
Due to the access CityFibre
is being granted through wayleave agreements granted by the local authority,
more than 4,000 tenant households will now be given the opportunity to
experience the benefits of the future-proof network currently being rolled-out
across the town, and the consistently fast and reliable internet services it
Via the blanket wayleave
agreement, CityFibre will install full fibre to every property, ensuring the
network build can go ahead smoothly and tenants can access better connectivity
simply and without delay.
copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, full fibre networks
use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at lightning 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 so
everyone at home can work, study, access services, stream or game
simultaneously, while providing connectivity people can depend on.
Bashir Ahmed, CityFibre’s Area Manager
for Solihull, said: “We all know how important
connectivity is today when it comes to accessing services and employment and
keeping contact with friends and family. The internet is now a crucial utility,
and everyone should be able to benefit from a quality service that is up to the
task of supporting our data hungry lives.
tenants in particular, better connectivity could help to maximise access to
switching services for better utility deals, as well as other services
including tenant portals and public service systems, such as those provided by
the Department for Work and Pensions and the local council.
“This agreement will make a genuine
difference to thousands of people living in Solihull, and we’re committed to
delivering an efficient, safe and quality network build to as many residents as
possible as quickly as possible, so that even more people can benefit.”
Julian Knight MP, MP for Solihull said “This agreement is
great news for Solihull – ensuring no-one is left behind is critical as we
upgrade the UK’s digital infrastructure and I’m delighted that a further 4,000
households will now have access to world-leading broadband.
“It’s fantastic to see the progress
being made with CityFibre’s rollout in Solihull, we’re now well on our way
towards becoming one of the best-connected towns in the UK and the outlook is
incredibly promising for our economic, social and smart city ambitions.”
Across Solihull, CityFibre is investing
£25m in delivering a town-wide network as part of its up to £4bn Gigabit City investment programme, which aims to
future-proof towns and cities across the UK with the best network technology
available. The build is already progressing at pace, with services now ready to
go live in Shirley and Solihull central and builds set to get underway
soon in Lyndon, Elmdon and Sill Hill.
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 Solihull customers can sign up to
Air Broadband and TalkTalk, with launch partner Vodafone, Zen, Giganet and
other providers expected to join the network soon.
Residents interested in giving their
home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, pre-register their
interest and find out when new ISPs join at https://cityfibre.com/homes