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CityFibre Holdings eye up an end-of-year FTTH service launch
Monday 08 August 2011 15:22:23 by John Hunt

CityFibre Holdings, the company who have taken over the Bournemouth based Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband service have spoken with ISPreview in an interview and revealed that they are looking to get a live service up and running by the end of the year.

The company took over the assets of the i3 Group, who were deploying the network before a Serious Fraud Office investigation found problems with the financiers to the company, leaving them high-and-dry, without enough money to complete the network build. CityFibre Holdings is headed up by former i3 Group president Greg Mesch.

"It's really important to us that we address residents’ concerns. The main complaints during the original roll-out of the fibre to the home network in Bournemouth by i3 Group was communication and the substandard finish to the pavements following the micro-trenching which is the method the fibre is connected to each property.

Now that CityFibre owns this network, we have pledged to complete and make good the unfinished or substandard works we have inherited. We are pleased to confirm that we have addressed almost all these issues with the full support and approval of Bournemouth Borough Council. In addition, residents likely to be affected by any future works we carry out will be well informed and all roads and pavements disturbed will be reinstated to the highest standard."

Mark Collins, (Chief Commercial Officer) CityFibre Holdings

Currently, CityFibre pass 24,000 homes in Bournemouth, 10,000 have two fibres connected into the property whilst 14,000 require a final installation for the last few metres which would be completed should they opt to go for the service. They are currently testing an active service with engineers and are committed to having the network ready to support live services by the end of the year.

The full interview with ISPreview can be read here.

Comments

Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
be interesting to see if this new incarnation is able to tempt any of the medium/larger sized ISPs on board.
Posted by russianmonkey over 5 years ago
So they haven't mentioned anything about Dundee.

Also, they don't want FTTC or HFC networks to be advertised as fibre... well what would they propose? Can't call it ADSL, it's technically super-fast broadband, would that be better?

Total talk, with not much else.

Not in competition with BT he says in the interview... why are you building a network if not to generate profit through competition!!!
Posted by c_j_ over 5 years ago
"well what would they propose? Can't call it ADSL, it's technically super-fast broadband, would that be better?"

If it's fibre to the cabinet and copper the rest of the way it's probably VDSL. Do you think in that case it might make sense to call it VDSL, or is "truth in marketing" too much to hope for?
Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
Hybrid broadband, its neither one or the other.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
What does it matter what its made of its the speed that matters?
Posted by driz over 5 years ago
Because speed isn't the only metric that's important - and what it's made of affects these other parameters.

'Cable' was already distinct from ADSL, so why Virgin are allowed to get away with their outright lies confuses me. BT decided to follow, is my guess.

As far as I know, Telecom NZ have rolled out VDSL2 (partly, at least) and are selling it as VDSL2, cos that's what it is.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
"Because speed isn't the only metric that's important " To most customers I bet it is, they couldn't get a hoot whether its two plastic cups and some string as long as it does what it says it does
Posted by whatever2 over 5 years ago
With 62,000 homes and businesses being the full reach, I find it quite unusual that I don't know a single person who had a connection with 10,000 connected, and 14,000 almost connected, ie somewhere around 1 in 6 people have it, and 1 in 3 will have.
A google map from a while back showed a very narrow postcode footprint, and press releases indicated nothing like that amount before the company's collapse.
Something smells again and it aint the sewers.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@GMAN99:Depends on the customer I think. Those that want speed don't care, I agree. However most people have no idea what speed they have and don't really seem to care.

I'd say that most people only care about the price and that the speed is 'adequate'.
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