Find out more about CityFibre
You might have heard there’s a new name on the street when it comes to business telecoms; CityFibre. While Openreach is still running and maintaining the majority of the UK’s network, CityFibre is fast becoming a challenger. Offering wholesale connectivity solutions to more than 60 cities and towns it has plans to continue its rapid expansion and give the UK more choice and more connectivity.
Who Is CityFibre?
CityFibre is now the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform after its recent acquisition of FibreNation from TalkTalk Group saw the company almost double in size. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, it provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators. It boasts a carrier-class, resilient ring-based architecture completely separate from other network providers.
What Does CityFibre Do?
CityFibre has a programme, Gigabit City Investment Programme and it has invested £4billion into the scheme. It aims to provide full-fibre infrastructure to towns and cities across the UK to boost economic growth and help the Government reach its 2025 nationwide coverage target. A network designed from scratch to service the digital age, it continues to invest in its network and software platforms, making it readily upgradable to 100Gb and beyond
Where Is CityFibre?
So far, it has five million premises within its reach across 62 towns and cities in the UK. Cities include Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Glasgow while the smaller town reach includes Crawley, Barnsley and Solihull. To see the full list of locations, visit its website here.
However, it has plans to penetrate even more areas of the UK. It wants to target 8 million premises with network projects in over 60 cities with plans to award more than £1.5billion in network construction contracts for new city builds.
When Is CityFibre Coming To Me?
CityFibre plans to assist in a full-fibre UK by 2025 and, with the rapid expansion of its network, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it achieve it.
What Products Does CityFibre Offer?
CityFibre specialises in wholesale fibre networks and serve businesses across the UK. Its product offerings reflect that and, its Fibre Flex solution is an innovative connectivity product.
The ultra-competitive Fibre Flex product offers businesses a guaranteed 200MB service with symmetrical speeds. However, the uniqueness of the product means businesses can get up to 1GB burstable bandwidth whenever possible, at no extra cost.
Fibre Flex is delivered on the GPON network, which is a shared fibre network. However, using the GPON network can reduce costs and infrastructure while increasing bandwidth and, despite it being a shared network, only a limited amount of customers can use it to ensure everyone stays online and gets the connectivity they need.