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CityFibre Extends Full Fibre Broadband to 2 Million UK Homes

Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2022 (8:06 am) - Score 5,824
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Network operator CityFibre has today announced that they’ve covered 2 million UK homes with their new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network (up from 1.9m in August), which represents 25% of their 8 million target. Better yet, they passed the second million some three times faster than their first million.

The achievement forms part of the company’s £5bn+ (debt and equity) programme to cover up to 8 million premises – across around 285 cities, towns and villages (c.30% of the UK) – with full fibre by the end of 2025 (here). This is also expected to include coverage for over 800k businesses, 400k public sector sites and 250k 5G access points. The operator also intends to grow into rural areas via the £5bn Project Gigabit rollout.

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

However, we should point out that – of the 2 million homes passed to date – approximately 1.8 million are actually considered to be ‘Ready For Service‘ (RFS), which means that residents can place an order with one of over 30 ISPs. The 200,000 premises difference reflects locations where CityFibre says their network has been built, but ISPs have yet to adopt it (there’s usually a time lag here).

The operator states that they’re now the UK’s “second largest full fibre network” after Openreach, although it’s worth nothing that Virgin Media’s (VMO2) FTTP rollout and XGS-PON upgrade of their existing Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) network should see them reach 23 million premises by around 2028 (here and here). But being the country’s third-largest full fibre network would still be a huge achievement for CityFibre.

Overall the operator is currently building at a rate of over 100,000 premises passed per month across 75 metropolitan areas and they’re still ramping-up.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

“As the UK’s second largest fibre network, we’re thrilled to now provide two million households with access to the nation’s fastest and most reliable broadband services.

As the nation’s true digital infrastructure challenger, we’re determined to keep raising the bar with better products, better services, and better economics. This won’t just benefit our customers and theirs, it will help unlock innovation and economic growth across the UK.”

Finally, it’s worth noting that CityFibre’s existing FTTP network is currently still based off older GPON technology, but they did recently start the process of upgrading that to a 10Gbps symmetrical capable XGS-PON platform (here). The city of York has already been upgraded to support this, although we’ll have to wait a bit longer before the first multi-gigabit packages for homes begin to surface.

Alternative networks like CityFibre’s have had a major impact in the UK market, not least by helping to push established giants like Openreach and VMO2 to up their game.

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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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Matt says:

    Areas where I live have now been listed as “planned” for CityFibre. Hopefully some more news in the coming months!

    1. Avatar photo Humphrey says:

      You get an e-mail from them saying they are getting ready to build when it happens -but it can still take years to get going

  2. Avatar photo Tom C says:

    Great company to work for full of hard working and great people

  3. Avatar photo Richard says:

    Cityfibre dig up our road in March 2022. It’s now end of September 2022 and we still cannot purchase fibre internet. Guessing that it was all to do with some government backed incentive where they received money to meet fictitious targets. The reality is that the infrastructure is nowhere near ready to connect people. just read the amount of complaints on trustpilot website and it’s evident to see they simply don’t have the manpower to actually get people connected. I suspect the number of people who can’t actually connect is far far higher than they’re letting on. Have contacted cityfibre many times and always the same bland response. Think its at least another 1-2 years away before they switch us on

    1. Avatar photo Anon says:

      Cityfibre build the national backhaul, data centres and city all at the same time. They don’t dig your road right at the end of the build which is sensible.

      > Guessing that it was all to do with some government backed incentive where they received money to meet fictitious targets.

      Cityfibre aren’t currently building using subsidies / government incentives.

    2. Avatar photo Fibrediet says:

      They dug up mine in dec 2021, still cant order

  4. Avatar photo 10GbE FTTP 4 All by 2025 says:

    Off topic question, but when these ISPs upgrade their kit as per parts of CityFibre in York, what do they do with their legacy/old/out dated kit. Please dont say ebay? or could it be that simple, in a round about way?

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