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After a Long Wait Cityfibre’s 1Gbps Full Fibre Goes Live in Cheltenham

Thursday, May 30th, 2019 (4:37 pm) - Score 2,092

Cityfibre has confirmed that their new Gigabit capable “full fibre” (FTTP / Ethernet) network, which was first announced all the way back in October 2017 (here), is finally going live in the town of Cheltenham (Gloucestershire, England) and should cover over 200 businesses via local ISP partner Bamboo.

The 200+ businesses mentioned above are all said to be within 200 metres of the operator’s new 16.65km long fibre network, although it’s worth pointing out that the majority of the town is already well covered by Virgin Media’s 500Mbps+ capable broadband service and Openreach has a growing network of 300Mbps+ capable G.fast based services.

Local businesses are now being invited to an official launch event for the new network, which will take place on the 6th June next week at the Queens Hotel Cheltenham.

Paul North, Cityfibre’s Head of Sales (Wholesale), said:

“We are thrilled to work alongside our launch partner Bamboo to bring our gigabit-speed full fibre network to Cheltenham. This means the town can now take advantage of some of the fastest download and upload speeds in the world, unlocking a host of productivity benefits for businesses.”

Lorrin White, Bamboo’s Manager Director, added:

“It’s wonderful to be involved with the core infrastructure that has been implemented to future proof Cheltenham and the business community that supports it.”


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8 Responses
  1. Avatar André says:

    I cannot, for the life of me, fathom all this effort with G.fast
    What a waste of time and money and effort in a suboptimal fudge…

    1. Avatar SimonR says:

      But this article isn’t about G.fast…?

    2. Avatar Blueacid says:

      @SimonR: Presumably that’s the commenter’s point; given how good the uplift is from installing full fibre, why faff around with copper solutions.

      If that’s the point the original commenter’s making then I agree; the high throughput or even the certainty of getting a good link speed to your ISP is such a benefit (Rather than someone on FTTC only getting a low speed because that’s all that their line can accomplish).

      Really good to see more of this rolling out.

      I do wonder what 5G will do to FTTC penetration, and whether that’ll change the economic model for FTTC much; maybe we’ll see more full fibre rolling out in response?

  2. Avatar Mark Smyth says:

    ‘Gigabyte capable’…I thought Virgin had already had Vodafone’s Gigabyte claim ( York Cityfibre franchise) pulled..

    As I understood, 900Mbs was the current max available and 600Mbs the more likely norm in York… Is Cheltenham going to be any different?

    I have had one Gig synchronous ( uncapped) ..with phone and TV ..for 8 years in The Netherlands for much less than Bamboo will charge…. WHY are we so far behind and uncompetitive in the UK…and possibly…misleading potential clients re the service’ capabilities.

    Happy to be corrected

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Firstly, it’s Gigabit not GigaByte. Secondly, the above is talking about a Dark Fibre network for businesses and not a consumer broadband service via Vodafone. Thirdly, the ASA only took exception to situations where Voda’s “Gigafast” was being used as a general term for all of their packages (all speed tiers), without further qualification, and was not a ruling on the network capability itself.

    2. Avatar wireless pacman says:

      Thirdly, your connection will not be synchronous.

    3. Avatar wireless pacman says:

      Sorry, fourthly! Well, I am on my second beer… …or is it my third?

  3. Avatar CarlT says:

    Ouch, the dig in that build would’ve been expensive. Not enough room in the footpath I guess so forced to go down the carriageway with laterals into the footpath to premises only.

    Hope they don’t have to do that too often: just the traffic management would be expensive let alone the extra reinstatement requirements.

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