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New strategic partnership between CityFibre and Coventry City Council
Wednesday 04 June 2014 13:16:39 by Andrew Ferguson

Fibre networks have been pretty common in the UK for some years, the bit that has been missing is suitable price points and retail offerings to consumers and small businesses. The latest partnership between CityFibre and Coventry City Council may be another small step to making fibre to the premises (be that a home or business) more widely available.

"Ultrafast gigabit speed connectivity is vital for Coventry businesses to enable them to compete and succeed not just on the national, but also on the international stage. As a Gigabit City, Coventry can now set itself alongside the most digitally advanced locations around the world and we look forward to the numerous social and economic advantages that such a status will bring; driving economic investment and catalysing business start-ups."

Cllr Damian Gannon, Cabinet Member, Strategic Finance and Resources, at Coventry City Council

While the partnership is talking a lot about Coventry being a Gigabit City, it really already was in one sense since a fibre network stretching some 140km connecting some 300 buildings as part of the Coventry CORE network should already by gigabit capable. The difference now that CityFibre has acquired the network (we do not know whether CityFibre paid the council for the network, or whether the acquisition includes a service contract for council buildings) is that CityFibre appear to be planning to build out from the core to bring service closer to businesses over the course of the summer.

With Coventry in the SuperConnected Cities voucher scheme there is almost some guaranteed business for CityFibre as firms will use their vouchers to subsidise the connection fee.

Towards the end of May, CityFibre also announced they had raised £30 million of investment funding and are in discussion with 25 other city councils. The question now is how fast will large numbers of connections be delivered, and if the FTTH roll-out in York goes well we might just see CityFibre rolling out the FTTH element in its other Gigabit Cities.


Posted by lloydio over 2 years ago
The question is, when are they going to finish the Bournemouth network that's been in limbo since 2008?
Posted by whatever2 over 2 years ago
No need. When the media just parrot the press releases that don't appear to stack up they are free to raise funding for other projects.

Have any of them come to fruition?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 2 years ago
Wonderful news, this is what is needed and its great that the superconnected cities vouchers aren't being wasted on FTTC and silly copper patch ups.
Posted by whatever2 over 2 years ago
It appears to me it's just an investement Ponzi scheme. Lots of chat about potential to raise investment with the end goal someone falls for it any buys them out.
Posted by FTTH over 2 years ago
With Talk Talk and SKY pushing the current York Project, I would suggest that CF need to deliver on this one to gain some Credibility.
Posted by c_j_ over 2 years ago
"wasted on FTTC and silly copper patch ups."

What do you think people (investors, suppliers who didn't get paid upfront, maybe others) got from FibreCity [1] for their money in Bournemouth ? Dundee (Scotland) ? Brisbane (Australia)? Not to mention the potential customers who could maybe have looked elsewhere and made more realistic arrangements?

[1] Obviously CityFibre's an entirely different company, even though the name's barely changed and both Greg Mesch and Elfed Thomas were directors at both old and new.
Posted by Dixinormous over 2 years ago
The same could be said for Virgin Media, both companies having gone through chapter 11 wiping out bondholders.

Doesn't change the here and now. Ambition always comes at a cost, that's why it's ambition rather than playing it safe and doing the bare minimum.
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