Cityfibre started 1Gbps network rollout in Cambridge

Cityfibre has recently announced that they are starting the rollout of £20m worth 1Gbps capable FTTH broadband network to benefit around 60,000 premises both homes & businesses across the city of Cambridge – England and Cambridgeshire. The project, being supported by Vodafone as ISP partner, is expected to get over by 2021.

The operator is already having and maintaining metro Dark Fibre network with 44km long in Cambridge which connects only public sector sites and local businesses. The same will be used for extending their network under their new FTTH roll out. For this rollout, Cityfibre has also made appointment of John Henry Group as their local contractor.

There is no much information about the first areas to be covered under this project. But the project is as usual a part of their £2.5 billion plan to cover 1m premises in the UK by 2021 under Phase 1 and aspire to reach 5m by 2024. The first homes are expected to get connection in this autumn in Cambridge.

CityFibre’s City Manager for Cambridge – Charles Kitchin said that the current investment will help the city to make digital transformation for the local communities and businesses, which as per the recent research revealed that the full fibre can bring £470m for the city’s economy over next 15 years. The city can also get a possibility of inward investment in near future. As the project is on, they work with various organizations, residents and local council to create awareness of their plans to make them understanding the long term benefits of ultrafast and reliable broadband connectivity.

Councillor Ian Bates stated that they are welcoming the Cityfibre’s project along with their local partner John Henry Group to bring FTTH network in the city of Cambridge. The network roll outs in the city will help them in achieving their aim of full fibre expansion that supports the local economy, public services and making ready for the next-generation mobile services. The Enabling Digital Delivery (EDD) team of the council’s “Connecting Cambridgeshire programme” is working with CityFibre and council’s Streetworks team to trial the Government’s good practice toolkit.

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