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Cityfibre Confirms Roll-out of 30km Fibre Optic Network in Reading

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 (9:28 am) - Score 681
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The large town of Reading in Berkshire (England) has today been confirmed as the next to become a “Gigabit City” after Cityfibre announced their intention to roll-out a new 30km long ultra-fast fibre optic (FTTP) broadband network in the area.

The new network, which will be supported by local ISP and telecoms provider BtL, is being constructed in order to help give local businesses and public sector sites a faster and greater selection of connectivity options than they have today.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, added:

“We’re delighted to announce Reading as our newest Gigabit City project and proud to be working alongside BtL to bring it to life for businesses. Our network is designed to accommodate Reading’s current and future digital needs, from connecting public sector sites, schools and hospitals to powering the masts and small cells needed to deliver 4G and even 5G mobile coverage. Connecting businesses large and small is only the first step in Reading’s Gigabit City journey.”

Rob Lamden, MD at BtL, said:

“We’re extremely excited to be the Gigabit City launch partner in Reading. We have been observing demand for ultra-fast services grow exponentially in recent years, and this project has the potential to unlock a tide of demand for faster, more resilient and more affordable services. Businesses can now stop concerning themselves with bandwidth restrictions and instead optimise their operations, improving their experience and driving the bottom line.”

CityFibre are currently working to complete Gigabit City projects in 37 cities around the United Kingdom and the operator aims to reach as many as 50 UK cities by 2020, which has been made possible by last year’s £90m acquisition of KCOM’s UK network assets (here).

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  1. Avatar John Rotton

    Reading is already Hyperoptic’s Gigabit City. Hyperoptic press-released on 26 January 2016.
    As usual, CityFibre goes in a year later and claims it’s turning a city into their Gigabit City.
    https://www.hyperoptic.com/news/uks-fastest-broadband-now-live-in-reading/

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      Plenty of Gigabit Ethernet in Reading before either announcement anyway! Just as well as Hyperoptic relies on leasing this, usually from Openreach, to deliver its services as it doesn’t have its own network.

    • Avatar Ignitionnet

      Indeed. It’s very good of them to deliver Openreach’s gigabit to residential premises given Openreach themselves don’t see a value in it.

      Hopefully others will continue to do likewise.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Is it a residential service?

    • Hyperoptic? Yes it is both residential and business.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Sorry no I didn’t mean hyper I was referring to this article about city fibre it is just business and public sector isn’t it ?

    • Avatar Dumb argument

      No you can get a residential service also. Cityfibre is an open access provider who wholesale and partner with others which offer the products to residential and business customers. Example their Bournemouth network is mainly sold to residential and business through the company Gigler.

  2. Avatar John Kelly

    The land grab and PR machines continue around the UK, surely these guys should speak with each and collaborate more.

    City Fibre often make great bold claims and then the build doesnt happen.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      Whilst it might get the press releases out ultrafast, experience in Peterborough suggests that City Fibre’s progress in actually deploying will be ultra slow. 😉

    • Can you clarify that New_Londoner, would be good to know if you had some solid information?

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      @Mark
      IIRC it took at least two years to connect a handful of business parks. The initial plan (announced in the launch press release) to connect homes as well was dropped within weeks in order to focus on business parks. I’m pretty sure the coverage in York is also well behind the original plan, don’t have the details to hand though.

    • Ah I thought you meant something a bit more naughty than that, my mistake. Lengthy general network delays are of course pretty common right across the sector, from Openreach and all the way down to the little guys. So it’s probably not fair to single Cityfibre out too much when we hear gripes from all over with delivery.

    • Avatar Ignitionnet

      Delays sadly come with the territory when you’re having to build a new network rather than overbuilding an existing one.

      Openreach themselves have had problems when they’ve had to do more than just build a cabinet base and dig a few metres to get to a junction box.

      Virgin Media have hit delays here and there already, with I’m sure plenty more to come.

    • Avatar Dumb argument

      Just over 1 year for the first customer in peterborough to be connected.
      http://static1.squarespace.com/static/50a0c308e4b081ffff792a0b/t/55643e1ce4b0b17b146b6365/1432632860045/Peterborough+case+study+FINAL.pdf
      Announced Oct 2013 first customer connected Dec 2014.

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