CityFibre to invest £60 million in full fibre infrastructure for Coventry in partnership with Vodafone.
Homes and businesses in Coventry will be the next in the UK to benefit from gigabit speed full fibre broadband – with work to begin in the city later this year.
Vodafone and CityFibre have identified the next wave of towns and cities to benefit from a roll-out of Gigabit-capable infrastructure as part of their plans to reach at least one million homes by 2021. Residents and workers in Coventry are next in line to have their online experience transformed. CityFibre will invest at least £60 million of private funds in the city-wide roll-out.
A detailed planning and build programme has been agreed for Coventry as part of this first phase deployment. The new infrastructure will build on the existing Gigabit City network in Coventry, which already spans 180km, with homes set to benefit for the first time. To date, local businesses including the Ricoh Arena and more than 300 public sector sites including schools, council offices and GP surgeries are already benefiting from full fibre connectivity.
By using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s home or business to the Internet, users will be offered a significantly superior and more reliable broadband service, capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps). Vodafone will use CityFibre’s network to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to customers in Coventry. Residential and business customers can pre-register for the service from today at www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband/ultrafast.
With the full support of Coventry City Council, work on installing a new full fibre infrastructure will begin this year. CityFibre will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly, while minimising disruption to residents. Once completed, nearly every home and business in Coventry will have full fibre access.
Vodafone UK Chief Executive, Nick Jeffery, said: “I’m delighted to welcome everyone living in Coventry to the full fibre club, with a broadband service like no other. After five months we are well on track with the joint Gigafast broadband programme that will help position the UK as a world leading digital centre.”
Greg Mesch, Chief Executive at CityFibre, said: “Coventry will be among the first cities in the UK to benefit from this game-changing infrastructure programme, which will have a transformative impact on homes and businesses alike. We’re moving closer to our vision of a Gigabit Britain, where digital inadequacy is a thing of the past and full fibre connectivity is the norm. For residents of Coventry, the future is now.”
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “An investment of this size shows great confidence in the city and having a reliable, gigabit broadband service will be another way to attract and retain businesses to Coventry. With the growing importance and reliance on digital technology, the opportunity of having the benefits of full fibre will soon be available to everyone who lives and works in our city.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Fast internet is vital for a modern economy. Businesses need to communicate quickly and share data around the world. But in the West Midlands we have a mixed picture, with some of the fastest speeds and some of the slowest. I made working with the private sector to drive up broadband speeds a priority and am really pleased that Coventry is to become the focus of the next Vodafone and CityFibre roll-out.”