Thursday, June 13th, 2019 (10:27 am) – Score 262
Fibre optic network builder Cityfibre has today signed a new multi-million pound strategic supplier agreement with the global Prysmian Group. The latter will supply the operator with a range of cable and connectivity solutions to support their growing UK rollout of a 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network.
At present Cityfibre already has a number of supplier agreements with similar companies, such as Hexatronic and Emtelle, while the latest deal should complement these by helping to supply optical cable for both underground and aerial applications in an initial two-year deal.
All of this forms part of the operator’s £2.5bn investment strategy, which aims to cover around 1 million homes in 12 UK cities and towns with Gigabit capable “full fibre” broadband by the end of 2021 (Phase One) and then 5 million premises across 37 cities and towns by the end of 2025 (here).
James Thomas, Director of Supply Chain at CityFibre, said:
“Given our FTTP ambitions our choice of fibre supplier is critical to us. We are focused on establishing a supply chain that can deliver the high-quality materials we need at scale now and for the future of our roll-out. We are delighted to have secured Prysmian, a fibre manufacturer with such a strong reputation, as a strategic supplier for our rollout.”
Carlos Lopez, Telecom Business Director at Prysmian UK, added:
“We are delighted to have been selected as a supply partner by CityFibre at this pivotal moment in the UK fibre optic cable market. Our experience working with customers rolling out full fibre infrastructures around the world means that we have the products and technical expertise to enable us to make positive contribution toward the goals of CityFibre in the UK.”
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