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Cityfibre Deal Brings FTTP Broadband to Derby’s Social Housing UPDATE

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 (2:18 pm) - Score 1,312
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Some 13,000 council house tenants in the UK city of Derby (Derbyshire) will soon be able to access Cityfibre’s new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network, which is thanks to a new partnership with Derby City Council and Derby Homes.

At present Cityfibre is already investing £45m to roll-out their new network in Derby and work is due to start in late spring 2020. Under this project “nearly every home and business” in the city should gain access to their network (usually reaching 85%+ of local premises).

As part of this the operator has today secured a blanket wayleave agreement to improve local land and property access, which should make it quicker, easier and cheaper for them to deploy their full fibre across council housing.


Derby Homes will also be able to use the technology to improve services for tenants. For example, by using connected devices over the full fibre network, such as smart temperature sensors, moisture meters and alarms, they can capture environmental data and identify issues before they become apparent.

Dominika Walker, CityFibre’s City Manager for Derby, said:

“Digital access is a major issue facing communities across the UK and we are committed to addressing the problem. This approach will make a genuine difference to thousands of people living in council housing in Derby, giving them access to transformative technology and ensuring they are not left behind when it comes to the digital revolution.”

Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“Derby City Council continues to work closely with the private sector to facilitate economic growth in the digital age and CityFibre’s full fibre network will be vital in ensuring Derby has a resilient and dynamic economy for decades to come. This approach will help us to reinforce our position as a smart city by making hi-tech digital infrastructure accessible for the benefit of communities across Derby.

By signing a blanket wayleave agreement with CityFibre, we can ensure that our social housing properties in the city gain access to the fastest and most reliable digital connectivity, delivering Gigabit speeds, and that tenants enjoy the many benefits this will bring without any delay.”

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).

UPDATE 3rd June 2020

Construction work on Cityfibre’s new FTTH network in Derby has officially commenced in the Mackworth area, with Abbey, Mickleover, Allestree and Darley set to follow later this year. J. McCann & Co Ltd is delivering the construction programme on their behalf.


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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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2 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Chris says:

    Hi Mark,

    Do you have any information of when Virgin Media will roll out their fibre to the Bessacarr/Cantley areas of Doncaster. Telewest promised me cable tv in 1998!

  2. Avatar photo Kuba says:

    Any idea when the first houses will be provided with internet? What company will be the ISP?

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