CityFibre invests 30 million pounds in fiber in Preston
Work to bring full-fiber connectivity within the reach of nearly every home and business in Preston has been initiated by CityFibre, which has pioneered the deployment of new infrastructure designed to meet the digital needs of the northern city. west of England.
Construction of the £ 30million city-wide network has started in the Frenchwood and Fishwick areas and is Telent on behalf of CityFibre, which is now the UK’s largest independent full-fiber platform.
The company said its construction team will use a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Preston City Council and local communities to ensure rapid deployment while minimizing potential disruption. Each area typically takes a few weeks, but construction crews will usually be outside of each house for only two or three days and CityFibre will contact you by mail before work begins.
The overall project is expected to be completed by 2024, but the first services will go into service much earlier. As the network is completed in each neighborhood, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will enlighten them. As a first step, CityFibre is already working with its launch partner, Vodafone, to provide full-fiber infrastructure to customers with certain Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, while TalkTalk and other providers are expected to join the network in due course.
“I am extremely excited and proud to see construction begin in Preston,” said Steve Thorpe, CityFibre City Manager for Preston. “This is the start of an exciting new chapter for the city as it prepares to thrive in the digital age. It’s important to remember that any short-term disruption will pay off enormously in the long term – once the network is built, it will meet the connectivity needs of the community for decades to come.
Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulation at Preston City Council, added: “The past year has demonstrated the importance of a fast and reliable Internet for residents and businesses. At the heart of it all is an efficient and sustainable network infrastructure. We are delighted to be working with CityFibre as they deliver this £ 30million infrastructure project to Preston. “
The new deployment is part of CityFibre’s goal of bringing full fiber connectivity to eight million homes in cities across the UK as part of its up to £ 4 billion. Gigabit City Investment Program. The company’s previous deployment enabled it to deploy fiber optic networks in a new area of Ipswich. Work on the £ 30million project began in early 2020.
The latest move also comes just after research by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom found that the UK gigabit industry had defied pandemic restrictions to continue deploying aggressive infrastructure, which has enabled more than a third of UK households to have gigabit compatible broadband by the end of January 2021..