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After Long Delay – CityFibre Starts FTTP Build in Great Yarmouth

Thursday, May 18th, 2023 (10:12 am) - Score 1,168

CityFibre has announced that they’ve finally started the construction phase of their £15m project to rollout a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to reach across “nearly every” home and business in the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth, which was originally due to begin last winter.

The first street works, which are being conducted by civil engineering contractor Pod-Trak, are occurring in the Southtown and Cobham areas of town. At the time of writing, it’s not clear why it’s taken so long to begin the build, after it was supposed to start last winter (here), although it may have been impacted by CityFibre’s job cuts and restructuring work (here).

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

The project forms part of CityFibre’s wider effort to cover up to 8 million UK premises (funded by c.£2.4bn in equity and c.£4.9bn debt) – across over 285 cities, towns and villages (c.30% of the UK) – by the end of 2025 (here). The operator has so far covered a total of 2.6 million premises, but only 2.3 million of those are currently considered to be ‘Ready for Service‘ by an ISP.

Charles Kitchin, CityFibre’s Area Manager for Great Yarmouth, said:

“It’s an exciting time for Great Yarmouth as the installation of our full fibre network gets underway. This upgraded infrastructure will allow homes and businesses across the town to thrive in the digital age by providing access to lightning-fast and reliable internet services.

It’s important to remember that any short-term disruption will pay off tremendously in the long-term as once the network is built, it will serve the community’s connectivity needs for decades to come.”

However, CityFibre won’t be the only gigabit-capable broadband operator in town, with Virgin Media already holding wide coverage over the area and Openreach being in the process of expanding their existing FTTP deployments.

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By Mark Jackson
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13 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Steve says:

    Anyone know whats happening with CityFibre rollout in Plymouth! With no updates i am starting to think they have given up!

    1. Avatar photo Scott says:

      The build is still on-going in Plymouth. Which area in particular are you talking about?

  2. Avatar photo Gillian L says:

    People of Great Yarmouth… My prayers are with you.

    1. Avatar photo Alan phipps says:

      Is cityfibre really that bad

    2. Avatar photo Gillian L says:

      @Alan Phipps

      Just take a look at the comments on their Facebook page.

    3. Avatar photo Rob says:

      Not had any problems when cityfibre installed on my street in Leicester

    4. Avatar photo Charles says:

      I throughly look forward to more destroyed cbt tails poked back up the duct by these clowns, not…

  3. Avatar photo BichBoy says:

    Anyone have any updates for CityFibre build in Blackburn, Lancashire?

    1. Avatar photo Winston Smith says:

      I’ve heard they’ve made 4000 holes ready for the rollout.

    2. Avatar photo Jay Lennon says:

      And though the ducts were rather small,
      they just had to clear them all.

    3. Avatar photo Paula McHart-Knee says:

      Now they know how many PONs it takes to fibre the Albert Hall.

  4. Avatar photo Carlos Arruda says:

    Any planed date forcast for fibre in deneside road, escort road, Ashley Cooper Place?

  5. Avatar photo Geoff Thomas says:

    That’s a non compliant reinstatement in the photo. Clearly no edge sealant which will lead to failure. Not compliant with the SROH.

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