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CityFibre’s Gigabit Broadband Goes Live in Rotherham UK

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 (4:41 pm) - Score 1,680
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CityFibre has today announced that their £29m rollout of a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham has finally reached the stage of connecting its first customers, which are being supported by local ISP partner Pure Broadband (more providers will follow).

As usual this rollout forms part of CityFibre’s wider £4bn investment programme, which aims to cover 1 million UK premises with their network by the end of 2021 (over 650,000 have already been reached) and then 8 million premises across 285 cities, towns and villages – c.30% of the UK (here). The 8m target aims to be “substantially completed” by the end of 2025, and they may yet extend that further to 10m premises (here).

NOTE: Cityfibre is being supported by various ISPs, such as Vodafone (Gigafast Broadband), TalkTalk, Zen Internet, Giganet and others, but they aren’t all live or available in every location yet.

The build in Rotherham, which aspires to reach “almost every home and property” in the town, began last July 2020 and a number of areas have since been completed – mostly around parts of Kimberworth, Bradgate and Deepdale.

Adam Roebuck, First resident to sign-up, said:

“When I first heard CityFibre were building a new broadband network across the city, I couldn’t wait. I registered my interest on the CityFibre website and even sent a few emails just to ask about when it might be coming.

I’m over the moon with the speed and reliability of the service as my previous 4Mbps connection struggled to manage multiple devices, especially at peak times. I went with the 200Mbps upload and download service and even with all nine of my devices connected I have never dropped under 190Mbps!”

As usual CityFibre won’t have Rotherham all to itself, with gigabit-capable broadband networks from rivals Virgin Media and Openreach also being present in the local area.

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7 Responses
  1. WANt it faster. says:

    Do any CityFibre employees frequent here?

    I too am really excited that they’re building full steam in my town of Barnsley, but it looks as though they are concentrating on the more populous areas around the town centre.

    Does anyone know how far in advance CityFibre post their roadworks applications to local authorities? Browsing the maps on One.Network I can see that CF don’t have anything planned outside July/Early August and these are in the same areas – and it seems as though Barnsley don’t post forward planning notifications.

    The villages that are outside of these areas don’t seem to have any work planned at all – which is gutting as that’s where we live

    1. Adam says:

      Does https://www.cityfibre.com/rollout/ help?

      That shows the area of planned coverage for Barnsley and a number of additional phase 2 areas around it.

    2. Tesco Tearaway says:

      I would also say even if you’re in their planned area, its not 100% guaranteed you’ll be covered as they aim for around 80% coverage. Properties left out will be in hard to reach areas, ie most costly.

    3. WANt it now. says:

      I have had a look there yeah, Phase covers all of Barnsley but the address checker for multiple locations that fall under it says it’s not even planned yet.

    4. Vicky Gratton says:

      Sounds epic

  2. Anthony Goodman says:

    Any idea how long after they lay cables in the street the service goes live to order? This seems to be the million dollar question that there is no information for.

    1. Doug says:

      That’s because it can vary from a few weeks to a few months to a few years. In my case it took around 1 year but I’m sure there will be cases where it was quicker and some cases where it took longer.

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