CityFibre is continuing its expansion in Glasgow with a westerly expansion towards Finnieston. The PR claims that this will bring full fibre connectivity to 300 postcode areas for the first time.
CityFibre does the core network build, but local provider HighNet operates as the Internet Service Provider and to date the roll-out in Glasgow has connected businesses such as The Beacon on St Vincent Street, Robb Ferguson Chartered Accountants, Global Connects Translation and Interpreting Services, (including Glasgow School of English and Lorca Spanish) and the Holiday Inn Express.
"Reliable, ultrafast connectivity is as important to our guests as a comfortable bed and a hot shower – without it, we wouldn’t have a business.
Previously, we were unable to secure an ultrafast fibre connection – we have been waiting for almost three years - so the launch of Glasgow’s Gigabit City project has transformed the wi-fi service we can provide to our guests. The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to welcoming new and return business and leisure customers who depend on the quality service we can provide.Chardon Trading founders Maurice and Nicola Taylor, owners of the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express in Glasgow Theatreland
We did check on what was considered a postcode area, and it is 300 full postcodes, e.g. G1 2JR and while the CityFibre roll-out does not meet the real criteria for passed by Fibre to the Premises it is a lot easier to deliver full fibre from the numerous nodes the metro network provides compared to traditional leased line delivery which are very bespoke solutions.
With CityFibre ploughing on with its own network build, the big pay-offs may come when 5G roll-outs to cities and low cost dark fibre to support 20 Gbps per cell tower will be crucial to ensuring a high density of small masts. In theory regulatory changes like PIA2 mean this sort of thing is possible by installing your own fibres into Openreach duct space, but this ties you into largely following the existing Openreach topology whereas a new network can be built in a more efficient manner with chambers perfectly spaced for pure fibre connectivity. The downside is the increased amount of road works and money spent the work involved.