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CityFibre Deal Expands FTTP to 500 Homes in Newark and Sherwood

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2023 (12:15 pm) - Score 960
CityFibre Enginers Over Trench

Network operator CityFibre has announced that they’ve managed to reach a new landlord agreement (wayleave) with the Newark and Sherwood District Council in Nottinghamshire, England. The deal will enable them to roll-out their full fibre (FTTP) broadband ISP network to cover an additional 500 homes in the area.

The access agreement will make it easier for the operator to carry out the required groundworks and installations in order to complete the new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure (consumer package speeds currently go up to 2.5Gbps).

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

The agreement supports CityFibre’s wider ambition 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 already passed 2.8 million homes (up from 2.6m in late March 2023), but only 2.4 million of those are currently considered to be ‘Ready for Service‘ by an ISP (up from 2.3m).

Bashir Ahmed, CityFibre’s Partnership Manager for Newark, said:

“Today, internet access is no longer a luxury – it’s a must have that underpins so many aspects of our home and working lives. It’s vital, therefore, that no one is left behind. This agreement will make a genuine difference to thousands of people living in council housing in Newark, giving them access to transformative technology.”

Sadly, there’s no timescale for how long this build will take to complete, although 500 premises isn’t a particularly significant announcement for an operator of CityFibre’s size. But then it comes at a time when a sizeable number of their builds seem to have gone into limbo due to cost pressures and contractor changes.

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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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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12 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Dill says:

    Just demonstrates how desperate Cityfibre are when they announce 500 additional premises.

    Cityfibre are dead in the water and going nowhere.

    1. Avatar photo FibreChampion says:

      For me it is showing that CityFibre are trying to unlock areas of their existing build that they have not been able to reach, which will remove a lot of the frustrated comments regularly posted here about FTTC builds being done in an area, but they “seem to have missed me out”. I know it is only 500 homes, but if CityFibre are putting some effort into filling in all the annoying gaps in their network they should be congratulated for doing so

    2. Avatar photo Peter Son says:

      Are you Dill from CityFibre back office who got made redundant?

    3. Avatar photo john says:

      Or it could just be a way of getting some free advertising in the local media. CityFibre have been very busy building around Newark, it can’t be too much longer until they are ready to switch it on. They will be the first provider to offer full fibre here so they have a good opportunity to capture a chunk of the market, although Openreach have been ramping up their build in the last couple of months as well.

    4. Avatar photo Dylan says:

      “look guys we still doing 500 homes!!” when they were doing almost 100k a month, is a PR disaster

  2. Avatar photo Billy says:

    Good luck to CityFibre, some may not want to succeed but I hope they do for those living in Newark and Sherwood who want ultrafast broadband.

  3. Avatar photo WR says:

    Would be nice to have some provisional timescales for their Newark deployment rather than having to rely upon council notices.

    I’m fortunate enough to be in a VM area with their 1G service, so not exactly stuck on poverty speeds – but I’m out of contract with VM and these days they operate an 18month term so I’m paying more than I need to currently in the hopes that CF come through in the next 6-9 months!

  4. Avatar photo Dee says:

    Only 5.2 million more premises to pass by the end of 2025 to hit their target!

  5. Avatar photo Dee says:

    Cityfibre, partly owned by the UAE government, the same government that welcomed with open arms the wanted war criminal Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    1. Avatar photo John says:

      “Mr Putin was greeted in the UAE with a full cavalry escort and motorcade while a national aerobatics team drew the Russian flag in the sky with smoke trails”.

      Does make you wonder if Cityfibre’s top executives feel comfortable with this?

    2. Avatar photo Greg says:

      Hmmm, I must admit I don’t feel 100% comfortable about this.

      I’m sure it won’t bother some people, but each to their own.

  6. Avatar photo Dill says:

    They don’t care where the money’s come, just busy stuffing as much in their pockets, as quickly as possible, before the wheels completely fall off the gravy train.

    Sadly, when money and greed are involved morals take a back seat.

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