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CityFibre UK Nears Completion of Chichester FTTP Broadband Build

Thursday, Jun 27th, 2024 (10:11 am) - Score 800

Nearly three years have passed since CityFibre first started rolling out their gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network across the Cathedral City of Chichester in South East England (West Sussex). The good news is that they’ve now passed 12,000 premises and are “fast approaching around 85% coverage of the city“.

The operator claims to have completed “most of its rollout in the area“, covering the “vast majority” of homes and businesses. CityFibre’s Chichester rollout also includes the areas of Fishbourne and Stockbridge, as well as other businesses and housing estates on the outskirts of the city.

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 work supports CityFibre’s wider ambition of covering up to 8 million UK premises (funded by c.£2.4bn in equity, c.£4.9bn debt and c.£800m of BDUK subsidy) – across over 285 cities, towns and villages (c.30% of the UK), although it’s unclear precisely when they will achieve this target (the original goal was for the end of 2025, but their current build + M&A plan may only get them to c.6m). The operator currently covers 3.6 million UK premises (3.3m RFS).


The company said they’re also exploring opportunities to reach more sites, including new build properties, multi-dwelling units, homes on private or unadopted roads and business parks – these are all often a bit harder to tackle due to issues of wayleaves (access), cost etc.

Adrian Smith, CityFibre’s Partnership Manager for Chichester, said:

“We’re really pleased to have brought our full fibre networks to the vast majority of homes and businesses in Chichester. This means even more people now have the opportunity to join our network and unlock the benefits of full fibre connectivity.”

As usual, CityFibre aren’t the only gigabit-capable broadband network present in Chichester, with both Virgin Media and Openreach also covering much of the area. Not to mention smaller deployments from Hyperoptic and OFNL etc.

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3 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Mike says:


    CityFibre installed their fibres right outside my front door here in Westhampnett some 18 months ago. I looked into the man hole, saw dozens of fibre connectors loosely dangling
    waiting for connection to our premises.

    Even asked the contractors if they were CityFibre? YES they replied!
    Hence I must be one of the lucky 85%? … But Chance would be a fine thing!!

    All ISP providers deny I can get their (Cityfibre) service here.
    Apart from Vodafone who would be happy to connect me through the OpenReach network.

    Perhaps you can pass this message onto Adrian Smith, I’d love to hear from him.
    There are 100 dwellings here, only a hand full perhaps 10 all with FTTP from O Reach.

    Low Fruit right for the Picking R Us!

    1. Avatar photo Anon says:

      If it was that easy it would already be complete. CF don’t build in any particular order, often the small section outside your home is the first bit to be done. They they need to build the entire path back to their fibre exchange. There must be some work still to be done.

    2. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

      Not an unknown situation. I was talking to some VMO2 installers here in Banbury and they told me when they opened the manholes they found cables from the local altnet that had been left there unterminated for more than a year. You just can’t tell whether they are waiting for the completion of other works or whether they’ve abandoned the install.

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