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Cityfibre to Begin £45m Derby FTTH Broadband Build in Spring

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 (11:44 am) - Score 2,250
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After a long wait Cityfibre has finally confirmed that they will begin the £45m build of a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network in the Derbyshire (England) city of Derby during “late spring” 2020, which will aim to cover “nearly every home and business” (usually reaching 85%+ of local premises).

At present the operator already has a Dark Fibre network in Derby, although we couldn’t find any solid details about this on their website. Nevertheless Cityfibre usually uses their existing Dark Fibre infrastructure as the foundation for their “full fibre” build-out to local homes. The operator has also appointed Dominika Walker to be their local City Manager for the build.

All of this forms part of Cityfibre’s wider £4bn private investment plan (here), which aims to deploy a Gigabit capable “full fibre” broadband network to cover around 1 million UK premises by the end of 2021, before potentially reaching their ambition of 8 million premises across 100+ cities and towns by the end of 2025 or later (c.30% of the UK).

Andy Starnes, Head of City Development at CityFibre, added:

“We are thrilled that Dominika has taken on this new role and will be using her experience to drive the city project forward for the benefit of its residents and businesses.

Our ‘fibre to the premises’ programme is going to be a game changer in Derby and nobody is better placed than Dominika to drive home the message and help people discover more about the impact this investment will have on their city’s digital future.”

The work is being fully supported by Derby City Council and its domestic UK ISP partners, such as Vodafone. A number of other providers, including TalkTalk, will also be able to offer services over the same network in the not too distant future.

As usual Cityfibre’s main competition for gigabit connectivity in the city is cable operator Virgin Media, which already covers the vast majority of local premises. Openreach also has a bit of FTTP in outlying areas and they’ve deployed some slower hybrid fibre G.fast (100Mbps+) services around a fair few central areas of the city. Interestingly Glide has also connected a few areas to full fibre, albeit more business focused.

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar NE555 says:

    Derby is also an Openreach “Fibre First” city, with 4 exchanges planned. Overbuild FTW!

  2. Avatar James says:

    Derby has loads of FTTH providers now. It’s a shame no one is planning to expand it to the towns outside the city borders.

    1. Avatar Harmz says:

      No it doesnt have loads of FTTH providers now. It’s quite low on the FTTP % coverage rankings, less than 1.5%.
      The <1.5% it does have is prodominantly newbuild houses (which is kind of the case for all non-tiny newbuild developments across the country now).
      No Openreach Fibre First is live yet, cityfibre build has yet to start, all virgin is HFC (lightning only expanded existing areas with HFC). Only hyperoptic site is also just a single newbuild site, overbuilt on openreach fttp.

      Derby definitely has good virgin coverage, so good gigabit coverage is on the horizon, but if you want more than 50mbps upload in a house thats over 5 years old, you're SOL.

      Very happy with this news today, been waiting for this!

    2. Avatar James says:

      It has loads of FTTH providers intending to roll out I should say then. Most of the towns outside the city don’t even have any Virgin coverage.

  3. Avatar James says:

    Does anyone have a map of which areas will be covered or is this strictly the City Centre area?

    1. Avatar CarlT says:

      There is no public map and won’t be. It’ll be city-wide but obviously not every single road and street, and will branch out from the existing CityFibre network.

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