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CityFibre to hit 500 UK business parks with pure fibre
Tuesday 29 November 2016 13:01:14 by Andrew Ferguson

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.

Comments

Posted by jumpmum 7 days ago
Andrew

I presume the date is a typo /

"CityFibre in its press release is keen to point out that its expansion plans amount to covering 100 cities by 2015,"
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) 7 days ago
Fixed - was only a decade out :-)
Posted by Thumper 7 days ago
A decade is nothing when you are waiting for a decent Internet connection.
Posted by Somerset 7 days ago
What will be the % of coverage that is not covered by superfast and above from others?
Posted by JNeuhoff 1 day ago
Why aren't business parks using leased lines which can be ordered everywhere? Why would a business use a broadband line which are meant for private consumers?
Posted by kmendum about 19 hours ago
@JNeuhoff:
Because some businesses reckon that "consumer" broadband is adequate for their purposes, conveniently ignoring the rather indeterminate fix times that are part of the contract, and any consequent losses.
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