CityFibre full fibre roll out expands to Bournemouth and Northampton

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Bournemouth and Northampton are the next two UK locations to benefit from alternative network provider, CityFibre’s full fibre roll out.

Each will gain city-wide digital infrastructure investments totalling more than £75m, as part of CityFibre’s plans to replace the nation’s legacy copper-based networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity. The towns are the last two of the first 12 locations selected for full fibre roll out as part of CityFibre’s partnership with Vodafone, which set out an initial goal of reaching one million UK homes and businesses by 2021.

Network build is under way in seven cities, four of which already receive Vodafone’s Gigafast broadband services. Detailed planning and design work are under way in Bournemouth and Northampton to create a network capable of serving each town’s digital demands, using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection. On completion, the networks should reach nearly every home and business, providing a platform for a new generation of smart city applications and backbone to support a future roll-out of 5G mobile services.

In Bournemouth, CityFibre has an existing fibre network that reaches approximately 21,000 homes. Work is underway to align it with the company’s national network architecture before being activated for service. Expansion of the network to other parts of the town is due to begin in late summer with services set to go live soon afterwards. The rollout in Northampton will begin in autumn with live services available towards the end of the year.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch commented: ‘With the addition of Bournemouth and Northampton to our previously announced Gigabit City projects, we have now identified over 1 million UK homes that will benefit from world-class connectivity.’

Added Neil Blagden, director of digital and commercial operations at Vodafone UK: ‘We look forward to bringing the benefits of Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to residents and businesses in Bournemouth and Northampton later this year.’

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: ‘An investment of this size strengthens our position of becoming a first-class, smart and connected digital place supporting the future needs of businesses and residents. We shall be working closely with CityFibre to ensure the roll out programme is as smooth as possible and that everyone is kept fully up-to-date with their plans.’

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, concluded: ‘It's been very exciting to work on this with CityFibre and we absolutely welcome their investment, which places Northampton at the forefront of the UK's full fibre roll-out. This inward investment will help us attract businesses, build digital skills and resilience across local companies and services, and support new start up activity.’

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