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Cityfibre Add UK Availability Checker for 1Gbps FTTP Broadband

Friday, September 4th, 2020 (9:15 am) - Score 13,509

Cityfibre, which is currently in the process of building a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to 8 million homes and businesses across 100+ cities and towns (c.30% of the UK), has recently added a fairly basic availability checker to their website.

The checker will tell you whether the service is available (live) or currently being installed for any given address, while in other locations you will simply be invited to register your interest for receiving updates about future plans. Naturally most of those covered will simply be redirected to Vodafone’s related Gigafast Broadband packages (soon to be joined by TalkTalk in certain locations).

The Gigafast service via Cityfibre’s network is currently available in parts of Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Stirling. More locations are due to follow (here).

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23 Responses
  1. Geroi says:

    Some postcodes from Inverness are now also showing availability as they are in the middle of rolling it out across he city. Hope this helps.

    1. Max says:

      ‘We are currently planning the build programme in your area.’

      Patiently waiting 😀

  2. j karna says:

    As usual no plans for South London.

    1. NE555 says:

      CityFibre doesn’t do London. Too many existing fibre networks, and too many obstacles to digging up the roads.

  3. Rich says:

    Hm, bits of Ipswich show as being planned, but about half the postcodes I put in say they are not planned.

    A bit worried this promised rollout will never materialise in my part of town.

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      If they’re anything like other operators then the checker may only reflect those areas with immediate confirmed plans over the next 12 months+, while more areas will be added as they progress toward their targets.

    2. Peter says:

      I also have checked my address – on the outskirts of Ipswich. I’ve appalling FTTC speeds – 12Mb/s if I’m lucky, so am looking forward to FTTP.
      But no sign yet.

    3. Michael says:

      I’m in ipswich in one of the first areas to get the cable rolled out, still think its going to be a while until they go live:

      We are currently installing our full fibre network in your area.

  4. Ajt says:

    They’ve seemingly done every part of Milton Keynes except my own, with no sign of them coming here yet!

    It’s not even an overbuild issue (I have OR FTTP), as other areas in MK have been installed overbuild.

    1. The Confuser says:

      15 miles away from me in MK there’s FTTP from vodafone.
      10 miles away from me in Cranfield there’s FTTP from openreach.
      10 miles away from me in Cambridge there’s FTTP from a whole bunch of people.

      I’m surrounded by fibre, but not where I live. But then again, everyone seems to think they’ve already got fibre via their copper phone lines (facepalm)

  5. Vin says:

    When is this going to go live in Leicester Hamilton postcode LE5 1UL?

  6. Walkerx says:

    Luckily I’m on GFast with 300Mbps connection and was surprised at how quick this was installed in our village as usually years before we get decent speeds, so reckon be a few more years before full fibre installed.
    Lets hope that once installed other isps can use the connection.

  7. IanM says:

    They are currently digging up the street outside my house in Aberdeen but the checker tells me they have no plans!!

  8. Mark Carter says:

    WITH KAROO NOT BAD BUT TO Karoo the internet all the time and it’s not fair and on to the customers and they are getting very unfair deals for the internet and the basically we should be able to get the internet elsewhere but we don’t we have to stick with Karoo because we’re not allowed to go by any other of ours because we have to stick with Karoo is not fair it’s not right so why can’t other viruses getting because cake on Monopoly all the time and always will do always will the government should stand in now and help us out

    1. CarlT says:

      Recalibrate the bot. It needs a new learning set.

  9. Colin says:

    I can’t find any pricing on their website – can anyone say what it is?

    1. Connor says:

      CityFibre, unless things have changed, don’t provide the end user service they just resell to other ISPs.

      Lookup Vodafone Gigafast since they’re the main reseller.

  10. Connor says:

    Not sure how current the data is, I put my Wolverhampton postcode in but despite already seeing them lay fibre down the road they say they’re still planning the build programme for my area.

  11. Jamie Park says:

    They dug my street up 4 Months ago in Northampton and i still cannot order any gigabit services. Plus they made a horrible mess. Shoddy workmanship can tell they are in a rush.

    1. Fin says:

      Hi Jamie, Any development on your situation? They’re currently digging up my street in Northampton and wondering how long it will be till I actually see the fruits of their labour.

  12. Iain Connor says:

    Looks like this article is “much ado about nothing”
    Most new-build residentials in Aberdeen have atrocious broadband speeds, never mind about fibre.
    I have TalkTalk with up to 2Mbps download max. ; and each time I speak to some so-called technician, I get the usual garbage – We are constantly updating our services –
    When will the UK step into the 21st century?

  13. Erin says:

    I have just read that they have announced Halifax as an area which will be getting this rollout. No dates, just the announcement.
    I’m hoping we don’t suffer the same bitter disappoint as the OpenReach fibre rollout… All the cabinets in our area were upgraded to fibre in 2010 and further upgraded to superfast fibre a few years ago. I should point out that is all cabinets EXCEPT ONE. This oversight has left a handful of streets (including mine) on the antiquated ADSL. I would love to be able to have the joy of the ‘slow’ fibre speeds mentioned in this thread – it would be a massive improvement over the ADSL speeds.
    The rollout of this FTTP cannot come soon enough!

  14. Gregor says:

    Is cityfibre already live for some and could you share a price list with speed availability? My contract with Virgin comes to an end and I have to enter a 18 month contract to keep the same amount I am paying right now, it would be good to make an informed decision as they just finished construction work in our street and it would be unfortunate to stuck in an contract when they become available anytime soon.


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