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Cityfibre UK Start £23m Gigabit Broadband Rollout in Crawley

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 (10:50 am) - Score 2,736
cityfibre cabinet empty with optical fibres

Fibre optic developer Cityfibre has announced that they’ve begun work to build their new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network in the large West Sussex (England) town of Crawley, which is being supported by a private investment of “at least” £23 million.

The project forms part of Cityfibre’s wider £4bn investment plan (here and here), which currently aims to cover around 1 million premises by the end of 2021 and then 8 million across 100+ cities and towns (c.30% of the UK) – the latter target is expected to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025.

NOTE: Cityfibre’s network is supported by various ISPs, such as Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband), TalkTalk, Zen Internet and Giganet, although they aren’t all live or available in every covered town/city.

Once again, the operator, which usually aims to cover 85%+ of premises in every town or city they target, has also appointed local contractor Lanes-i to conduct the street works, which won’t come as much of a surprise as they’re already working on Cityfibre’s East Sussex town of Eastborne. Similarly, the build in Crawley and Eastborne will also share the same city manager.

The first construction work is said to have begun around the Langley Green area of Crawley. The new build will also benefit from Cityfibre’s existing Dark Fibre deployment under the West Sussex Gigabit project.

Adrian Smith, City Manager at CityFibre, said:

“It’s really exciting to be part of CityFibre’s gigabit revolution – CityFibre is doing everything it can to transform towns and cities across the country. Our digital infrastructure plays a crucial role in growing and protecting local economies, even more so during these unprecedented times when connectivity has proven vital to residents, businesses and public services alike.”

In terms of local competition, the town has already been well covered by Virgin Media’s gigabit-capable cable network and Openreach has some FTTP in parts too, albeit at a smaller scale. Meanwhile OFNL has deployed some FTTP of its own into a few new build home areas around Forge Wood. Suffice to say that Cityfibre won’t be alone in the local market.

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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 Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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12 Responses
  1. Matt says:

    I know a lot of people in Crawley will be welcoming this news, having experienced first hand services across Crawley are somewhat impacted by cabling issues on both Virgin and Openreach networks.

    Virgin’s network also suffered heavily some years ago from utilisation issues, whether those issues have stayed at bay I don’t know but I also remember a lot of issues surrounding noise in the network which was becoming obvious due to ageing network kit and build, most cabinets where duck taped shut or missing doors,

  2. James™ says:

    With wish they would build more in Scotland

    1. Yeehaa says:

      Don’t CityFibre have a fairly extensive list of towns and cities they plan or are already building in?

      I’ve seen large parts of Edinburgh with contractors working for CityFibre. On the one.network website, there appears to be a lot of work happening in the city from expanding their already existing network (which Vodafone Gigafast is using), in places like Liberton, Gilmerton, Alnwickhill, Leith, Currie and Balerno.

  3. Dean Pullen says:

    While I’m sure Crawley are happy to have an alternative to Virgin, it is becoming frustrating seeing areas such as Burgess Hill and Crawley being promised multiple FTTP solutions whilst other areas, e.g. Haywards Heath or the outlying villages of Bolney, having no implementations.

    Surely if the government wants to hit its [downgraded] targets it needs to offer incentive to install in these under-served areas.

    1. Jay says:

      Lobby Lobby Lobby !!!
      Did I mention Lobby!

      To use a synonym, pester your local Cllr and MP and anyone you can write to and ask them what they are doing about the lack of FTTP in your area and how they plan to meet Government’s Gigabit Broadband plan. You may as well get a canned response, but please pester and keep making noise. You need to make it an issue so that powers that be notice.

      Also if you are in a nearby area where FTTP has been announced you would want to get their attention while they are in their area. Mobilisation and demobilisation costs are high in projects such as these, you dont want to be left behind.
      Pester !

    2. Matt says:

      I think I remember reading that Haywards Heath was also on the rollout for city fibre.

    3. FibreBubble says:

      Virgin have started build in Haywards Heath and so have Openreach ‘Fibre First’.

      Cityfibre have plant in Haywards Heath.

      Mid Sussex District Council are overbuilding everyone with their state aid vanity project.

      Swish have also put out PR fluff about Haywards Heath.

      Virgin have junction routes through the middle of Bolney as do players heading for the CEGB.

    4. Peach says:

      Haywards Heath is part of Openreach Fibre Towns & Villages, as is Horsham, East Grinstead, Billingshurst and Bognor Regis, Worthing is one of the fibre cities and will be covering all of Adur also, so West Sussex is getting a fair amount of FTTP. Crawley, Chichester, Southwater, Burgess Hill Littlehampton & Rustington probably most likely to follow based on size. I can’t see Bolney being high on the list, although there is a fair amount of FTTP off that exchange already

    5. Ben says:

      FibreBubble – I haven’t seen anything about Virgin’s build in Haywards Heath. Could you share some more details?

      I don’t think Haywards Heath is part of the “Fibre First” programme (which is due to conclude at the end of this month), but is part of a wider programme announced in August 2020 indicating that Openreach intends to commence their FTTP build at some point in the next 3 years. I know they’ve started some work in Bolnore Village, but I’m not sure if they’ve started on the rest of the town yet.

    6. Meadmodj says:

      OR underway in Haywards Heath
      West to Ansty but not as far as Bolney.

  4. FibreBubble says:

    Looks like Virgin are radiating out from a compound site near Wilmington Way, Haywards Heath towards Lewes Road initially.

  5. mr and mrs john greeb says:

    i think the way your operation has been handled around my area has been absolutely terrible ,we had no notification from anyone of the works starting and complete disregard to the public,blocking peoples residents off with barriers and not a word of apology for the chaos it has caused,also your workmen are leaving there litter all over the place and not taking it with them.an exhibition of terrible customer service

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