On one hand you could say the failure of Openreach and BT to address broadband needs of businesses that cannot afford or don't need all the features of an Ethernet based service has made it easy for CityFibre to corner this segment of the market. The other way is that given the announcement from CityFibre we can expect these 500 parks to rapidly gain native GEA-FTTP competition from Openreach.
CityFibre has a presence in some 40 UK cities and this roll-out to business parks will be extensions of its network giving ultrafast access to services at a fraction of previous options in many cases. The first parks expected to see work are located in Coventry, Bristol and Peterborough and as usual the access will be via the partner ISP who purchase from CityFibre on a wholesale basis.
"In last week's Autumn Statement we committed to investing another £1billion in the UK's digital infrastructure and to support the delivery of full-fibre broadband.
Fibre is the future, so today's announcement by CityFibre is another boost to help achieve our ambitious goals. It will give small businesses across the country access to fast and reliable broadband and encourage other emerging providers to scale up so we remain a world-leading economy.Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock
It should be highlighted that this roll-out is nothing to do with the £1 billion mentioned in the autumn statement. The 22,000 SMEs that do business in the 500 business parks if you accept the figure of the UK having some 4.5 million small businesses is thus just a small fraction (0.5%) but still a very welcome additional option and until we know exactly which parks are involved it is impossible to say what proportion only have access at below 10 Mbps currently or any other metric.
CityFibre in its press release is keen to point out that its expansion plans amount to covering 100 cities by 2025, 'which would equate to fibre access for 60% of the UK’s businesses and 40% of the UK’s homes outside of London'. The 40% for homes is not in the usual sense of passing a home with fibre, i.e. pavement/pole based final drop point in place, so fibre just needs dragging across the garden, but is believed to be an aggregate for the cities where CityFibre will have its metro network and business services available.