CityFibre is extending its build footprint for Milton Keynes, enabling thousands more homes to access its full fibre network.
A multi-million pound investment will see a further 7,000 homes added to the initial £40m project, which got underway in early 2018 and was substantially completed at the end of last year.
There is increasing demand for full fibre in Milton Keynes, with more than 80 per cent of homes now able to access the gigabit-speed technology.
Jean Gowin, CityFibre’s City Manager for Milton Keynes, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to build a second phase here in Milton Keynes to follow on from our original £40m investment. This will mean extending our Full Fibre network to include even more homes, ensuring Milton Keynes remains one of the leading and best-connected cities in the UK.
“Resident experience from those already connected and enjoying gigabit speeds has fuelled a huge demand for even more full fibre across the city and we’re now working quickly to ensure additional premises can also benefit from connecting to our network later this year.”
CityFibre’s full network is available to thousands of people across large parts of the city, with connections being delivered via launch partner Vodafone’s ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service, with packages also available from Fibrehop and TalkTalk.
Granemore Group will continue to deliver phase two of the project on CityFibre’s behalf. The team will continue to work closely with CityFibre and Milton Keynes Council to manage any disruption and use modern build techniques to ensure a fast and efficient rollout.
Milton Keynes was the first city in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s Gigabit City Investment Programme, which will see full fibre infrastructure rolled out to up to eight million premises by 2025.
Full fibre networks, unlike many of the copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at light speed all the way from the home to the point of connection. This gives users speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for upload and download.