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CityFibre UK Begin £115m FTTP Broadband Rollout in Sheffield

Friday, February 5th, 2021 (8:14 am) - Score 2,928
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CityFibre has this week announced the start of a £115 million project to deploy their new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, which will take 5-years to complete. The first civil engineering is due to commence next Monday (8th Feb).

The work 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 (so far they’ve covered 500,000 premises) 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 (this may well depend upon how they define ‘substantially’).

NOTE: Cityfibre is being supported by various ISPs, such as Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband), TalkTalk, Zen Internet and many others, but they aren’t all live or available in every covered location yet. The operator usually aims to cover 85%+ of premises in each town or city they target.

At present the operator already has a Dark Fibre network in Sheffield, which it acquired back in 2015 – after they spent £90 million to gobble up KCOM’s network assets across the United Kingdom (here). The existing network is already used to serve local businesses (via Exa Networks), but it can also act as the foundation for helping to cover local homes.

Cityfibre’s civil engineering partner for this build is O’Connor Utilities and they intend to start work next Monday (The Star), which will see the first street works taking place in Darnall and Wybourn. Some 40% of this build will involve underground cable, which suggests that much of the rest may be deployed via local telegraph poles.

The difficulty for Cityfibre in Sheffield, which is home to around 600,000 people, is that they’ll be entering a city with lots of growing competition between rival gigabit networks. At present Virgin Media is already available to most of the city (albeit with plenty of large gaps), while Openreach seem to be slowly expanding FTTP and Hyperoptic also has a strong presence in large MDU buildings (apartments).

On top of that Pine Media are currently on course to cover 50,000 premises in the city with their own FTTP network (here). In some areas Cityfibre might thus risk going into direct competition with as many as four other gigabit providers, which would put a strain on the rollout model of any operator. Suffice to say, we’ll be keeping a close eye on developments in Sheffield to see how the local market evolves.

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9 Responses
  1. Anon says:

    Is this PIA deployment or civils per premise

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      I suspect it’ll be a mix as that’s quite common today.

    2. CarlT says:

      They do everything.

      PIA with Openreach ducts and poles alongside building their own ducts and erecting their own poles. Whatever it takes and is the most cost effective.

      Check the build in Leeds, specifically Morley, as an example. That had the full range used.

  2. Mark Mchorgh says:

    Is there plenty of work going to be generated

  3. Anna says:

    Oh good – they can’t even be bothered to do the other half of Barnsley but they move on –

    1. CarlT says:

      They’ve loads of work ongoing in Barnsley, with more planned to August and beyond. They aren’t stopping work in Barnsley and moving on to Sheffield.

      Could be worse. As far as consumer FTTP goes not a single spade has gone into the ground in Wakefield. It was dropped from the schedule after being one of the originally announced cities.

      Wakefield is literally surrounded by towns and cities with CityFibre work going on and none there.

  4. Aled says:

    So they’re spending roughly £200 per person, will this cover all of Sheffield, or 50/80/95% of homes?

    1. CarlT says:

      I’m going to speculate that the average property in Sheffield has more than one person in it, so worth looking at it that way.

      Their budget seems to be around £400 per premises passed.

  5. Neil says:

    This is great news, we’re in Sheffield and BT has finally turned on FTTP in our area, of course they only offer asymmetrical speeds, which when working from home is a headache. So will be keeping my eyes on any engineering works locally.

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