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Svella Connect Takes Over CityFibre’s FTTP Rollout in Barnsley

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 (12:19 pm) - Score 1,920
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CityFibre UK has today confirmed that their £32m rollout of a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley, which was disrupted after the collapse of their previous contractor NMCN (here), will now be conducted by Svella Connect.

We previously speculated that this might be the outcome after the administration process for NMCN ended up selling the company’s telecommunications, plant and equipment business to Svella, which already appeared to have been continuing with some of the old contractor’s work in the local area.

According to today’s announcement, “mobilisation is now underway with Svella Connect to replace the previous build partner” and construction is due to begin again in “early 2022.”

Natalie Ward, CityFibre’s City Manager for Barnsley, said:

“We are delighted to have appointed a new build partner so quickly who we know will really help ramp up our operation in the town. Already this year we have made significant progress and we aim to accelerate even faster throughout 2022.

CityFibre is leading the charge in South Yorkshire to make Full Fibre available to the people and businesses of Barnsley and we look forward to this transformative technology being available in even more homes very soon.”

We should point out that the failure of NMCN was largely due to historic problems, which we’ve already covered in our prior article, and is not related to CityFibre’s own contract. NMCN was also CityFibre’s contractor for Halifax, although that build wasn’t due to start until next month and thus the impact should be much more manageable (it’s currently unclear whether Svella will also take on the job in Halifax).

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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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5 Responses
  1. Mark says:

    Glad to hear, just outside my home was completed just before the news so hopefully shouldn’t have too much of a delay.

  2. Gary says:

    Good news! That seemed to be resolved rather quickly!

  3. Broad Band says:

    This is great news, is there a way to find out what parts they will be covering?

    1. Ed says:

      I’d love to know too.

      In Royston and I somehow just can’t see it

  4. Jon says:

    Cabling has been “live” outside in Barnsley for 6 months, new termination box on the BT pole that they rent space for, but I presume no installation engineers as ISPs say no service available, or they give the packages but no installation dates.

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