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Cityfibre Adds Sunderland to UK FTTP Broadband Rollout Plan

Thursday, January 14th, 2021 (2:50 pm) - Score 1,848
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Cityfibre has today announced that they’ve added the coastal city of Sunderland (Tyne and Wear), which is home to around 175,000 people, to their rollout of a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP network. The project will cost £62m and aims to reach “nearly every home and business.”

The deployment forms part of the operator’s wider £4bn investment programme (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 (depending upon how they define ‘substantially’).

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

The move to include Sunderland into their plan is perhaps not an unexpected one, partly because Cityfibre have already committed to invest £50m in order to cover 103,000 premises in the nearby city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On top of that they’re also investing £50m to tackle North Tyneside, which exists in the same general area.

Apparently detailed planning is already underway and the work is expected to commence mid-year (2021). We don’t yet know which contractor has been picked to deliver this project.

Jason Legget, CityFibre’s Local City Manager, said:

“It’s exciting to look to the future and what our £62m Sunderland Full Fibre network build investment will bring. We are working in close partnership with Sunderland City Council to transform the area’s digital infrastructure, ensuring that the digital needs of those working and living in the region are met now, and in the future.”

As usual you can’t enter an area like this without facing some local competition from gigabit-capable rivals, particularly from Virgin Media, which has already covered the vast majority of the area. Openreach, Hyperoptic and OFNL also have a tiny bit of FTTP, but nothing to write home about.

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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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7 Responses
  1. Steven says:

    Finally fantastic news

  2. JamesW says:

    Damn it… my ex will get access to FTTP before me!!!

    What cruel world do I live in!

  3. Danny says:

    City Fibre’s dark fibre runs right through my town of Normanton in Wakefield and runs between castleford through Normanton to Wakefield its such a shame they aren’t any plans to roll out here yet as I’m sure it wouldn’t be a huge undertaking with their dark fibre already in place ready to go.

    1. Ben says:

      Join the club. CityFibre have dark fibre in Haywards Heath but no plans for FTTP. It’s particularly frustrating as I believe some of their fibre runs under the pavement outside my property. So close, and yet so far…

  4. Great Gatsby says:

    Lol great fibre for people who can’t even spell fibre.

  5. Juan Tap says:

    I’m guessing it’s going to be limited to the city centre itself and not the surrounding SR postcodes?

    1. Steven Brown says:

      I’d like to know this too

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