Full fibre builder Cityfibre has announced that they will invest £75m to expand the reach of their 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network across the cities of Bournemouth and Northampton, which will join the other 10 cities confirmed under Phase One and take their coverage to 1 million UK premises.
So far Cityfibre, which is being supported by ISP partner Vodafone, has said that their wider £2.5bn investment (details) will aim to deploy Gigabit capable “full fibre” broadband infrastructure to cover around 1 million premises in 10 UK cities by the end of 2021 (phase one – costing c.£500m), before rising to 5 million premises across 37 cities and towns by the end of 2024.
The investment levels for the first 10 cities under Phase One have already been confirmed (see link above), while both Bournemouth and Northampton initially appeared to form part of the future roll-out plan. However today’s announcement states that both will now form part of the Phase One roll-out to reach 1 million premises, instead of future phases.
At this point it’s worth noting that Bournemouth already has a legacy FTTH network via local ISP Gigler, which Cityfibre acquired some years ago following the collapse of the i3 Group’s defunct Fibrecity scheme. In the past it was said that this network covered 21,000 premises (echoed again today), although Gigler has been in limbo for awhile but the local network will give them a good starting point.
However we suspect that the kit used in Bournemouth will need an upgrade, which may explain why today’s press release talks about working already being underway to “align it with Cityfibre’s national network architecture before being activated for service.”
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