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CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent carrier-neutral full fibre platform, has named Wellingborough 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 more than £14m 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 Wellingborough.
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 Wellingborough is planned to begin in October 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.
James Cushing, Area Manager for CityFibre said: “Our full fibre network will transform Wellingborough’s digital capabilities for decades to come. Our builders will get to work on the network rollout this autumn and as properties are linked up to the network, we cannot wait for residents and businesses to see what is possible with digital connectivity that propels you forward rather than holds you back.”
Speaking of CityFibre’s full fibre rollout plans for Wellingborough, Cllr David Howes, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Rural Communities and Localism, said: “Getting the right digital infrastructure in place is a big priority for the council – this needs to be fit for the longer term.
“Full fibre connectivity is increasingly important for business success and innovation, for improving the quality of life of our residents, and enabling environmental benefits. We welcome CityFibre’s multimillion pound investment in Wellingborough and its wider plans for North Northamptonshire. This includes the work in Kettering which is well underway.
“Strong commercial investment in our area is critical to boost much needed full fibre coverage. This is already reaping rewards, with coverage jumping from 19% in August 2021 to over 35% in August 2022.”
In Wellingborough, 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, as well as TalkTalk, IDNet, Giganet and 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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