Kent town set for £9.5m fibre boost

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Anne Krausse, CiyFibre area manager for the region pictured with city build manager, Ben Englefield

UK independent provider, CityFibre has named Sittingbourne as the next UK town in line for a multi-million-pound investment in its digital infrastructure.

The company has committed to investing £9.5m in a new town-wide network that will bring full-fibre services within reach of almost every home and business as part of a wider investment in the Kent area.

Construction will begin on the Sittingbourne network later this year. As work is completed in each neighbourhood, CityFibre will designate the homes ‘ready for service’, so residents will be able to choose to connect to full-fibre-enabled broadband services when they go live in their area.

Area manager, Anne Krausse will be responsible for overseeing the project, while also acting as the main point of contact for all stakeholders. She says: ‘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.’

Speaking of CityFibre’s full fibre rollout plans for Sittingbourne, Gordon Henderson MP comments: ‘I am delighted to hear that CityFibre is investing up to £9m in Sittingbourne, bringing full-fibre broadband to local people and businesses 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.’

Services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. Across the UK, CityFibre is already working with launch partner Vodafone to supply 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. 

CityFibre also recently began work on infrastructure roll-out in Rochdale as part of a £30m investment in the area. The new network is being delivered by Network PLUS on behalf of CityFibre. The team will use a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while managing potential disruption. 

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