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CityFibre to Rollout FTTP Broadband Across Yorkshire Housing

Thursday, June 30th, 2022 (1:56 pm) - Score 1,680

Network builder CityFibre has reached a new wayleave (access) agreement with Yorkshire Housing, a charitable housing association that manages nearly 20,000 homes across Yorkshire (England), which will enable them to deploy their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to “thousands of tenants“.

As part of the new deal with Yorkshire Housing, CityFibre has already installed their “full fibre” network at 41 apartment blocks, with further work planned. The move makes sense as the operator is currently investing over £600m to deploy to homes and businesses across multiple towns and cities in the region, such as York, Halifax, Sheffield, Leeds and many more.

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

Naturally, this will support their £4.9bn effort to cover up to 8 million premises – across around 285 cities, towns and villages (c.30% of the UK) – by the end of 2025 (here). So far the operator also already covered 1.7 million UK premises – with 1.5m ‘Ready For Service‘ via a supporting ISP (here).

Sanjay Sudra, CityFibre’s Head of Wayleave, said:

“Few UK regions have embraced the digital age more readily than Yorkshire and agreements like this with Yorkshire Housing will help us to take the next step forward in the digital transformation of the region, enabling it to join the ranks of the best-connected in the country.

Over the last few years, we’ve learned just how important connectivity is to so many aspects of life, as well as how much of a lifeline it can offer when it comes to keeping connected and accessing employment. We are looking forward to connecting more and more tenants across Yorkshire to our network so they can reap the benefits that come with a first-class and future-proof full fibre connection.”


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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. YorkshireFox says:

    Still no news about them coming to darfield.

    they need to get a move on

    1. An Engineer says:

      Have they announced or informed you of a build to Darfield? They’re planning on doing 1/3rd of the country by 2025 which of course means 2/3rds are not being built to in that timescale.

  2. jordan says:

    still no london lol, the biggest money maker but ok 🙂 and cityfibre is based in london no? so weird

    1. Alex A says:

      London isn’t easy to build in, roadworks are a lot more disruptive.

    2. El Guapo says:

      you have G.Network though that only serves London. It does seem weird in the capital. I’ve seen G.Networks dig up a ton of streets around Soho so it can obviously be done.

    3. Mark Jackson says:

      London has Community Fibre, Hyperoptic, Openreach, Virgin Media and G.Network at scale, with others in different parts. CityFibre tends to target smaller cities and larger towns (with the odd exception). Give it a few more years and much of London will be pretty spoilt for choice, without CityFibre needing to do anything.

    4. Jordan says:

      hyperoptic and community fibre too, but i was wondering why a big player like cityfibre wants to miss out london

    5. An Engineer says:

      CityFibre have always informed their market is the second tier cities. You’ll note Birmingham has no presence from them either, but for instance Wolverhampton and Solihull do.

      From 10 years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QI6SRR5wqE

      As big a market as London is competing with 2+ other altnets, Openreach and VMO2 alongside the wayleave issues getting at MDUs makes it far less worth the work they would need to do. They build off existing metro networks or build them with an anchor tenant. That’d be very expensive and time consuming in London now with the cost of the actual FTTP build on top.

    6. Aled says:

      The Openreach FTTP rollout is unusual in London. They seem to be focussing on finishing some areas comprehensively, while adding smaller areas when new builds are opened. I think they are trying to clear an area, close down and sell the old infrastructure buildings (they could be making a few million £ shutting down and selling off each London property).

      Meanwhile, you can look at places near where I live, where you can draw a line between Isleworth and Northolt, where you cross nearly 7 miles of London with virtually no Openreach FTTP at all.

    7. Sam says:

      No one cares about London. Sod London. rural areas are more important.

  3. Jason says:

    How about they make the areas they connected months ago in Yorkshire go live?

    1. TBC says:

      A lot of people see them putting fibre in the ground and asume they can just flick a swich and turn it on it doesn’t work like that.

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