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Bournemouth and Northampton added to CityFibre full fibre dream team

The race towards more widespread availability of fibre to the premises in the United Kingdom continues and today CityFibre has announced Bournemouth and Northampton to the list of ten previously announced areas.

The release announcing the two new cities releases a new term in to the Fibre to the Press Release armoury 'identified' with CityFibre saying "Bournemouth and Northampton mark more than one million homes identified for CityFibre’s full fibre roll-out." To be clear identified just means that these premises are on a list for future delivery of fibre to the premises, our spotting of the rolling identifies some 31,116 premises as passed and therefore the number connected (i.e. have ordered and installed) will be a lot smaller.

At CityFibre we are leading the charge to switch over the UK from the copper wires of the past to the fibre of the future. Full fibre is the only infrastructure fit to power our economy in the digital age.

With the addition of Bournemouth and Northampton to our previously announced Gigabit City projects, we have now identified over 1 million UK homes that will benefit from world-class connectivity. Our roll-outs are gathering momentum and we’re now focusing on selecting the next wave of cities in the programme.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre

The CEO may be slightly over egging things by saying they are leading the charge, since operators such as OFNL are still ahead of them in terms of premises passed and unless CityFibre has a big jump in its building rate for passing homes OFNL may remain ahead for another year or so. The known CityFibre footprint is actually only slightly over three times bigger in terms of premises than what B4RN with its mixture of volunteers and staff has accomplished and B4RN is over a much larger geographic area.

NOTE: It is likely that we are a few weeks behind on the latest CityFibre/Vodafone Gigafast figures with some network in Aberdeen, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Peterborough, which at current pace means actual figures maybe 2000-3000 premises higher.

Where CityFibre is more likely to be leading is the creation and expansion of its metro networks and connecting larger business customers, i.e. providing a leased line type service but at prices cheaper than traditional leased lines from the likes of BT and Virgin Media.

One public safety warning we feel that needs to be repeated, full fibre does not guarantee buffer free video viewing since the full press release has Neil Blagden, Director of Digital & Commercial Operations at Vodafone UK saying "Full fibre can help fuel everything from hi-tech businesses to connected classrooms and buffer-free households" , the full fibre element eliminates the problems that arise from errors over the phone line which DSL services use complex maths to try and eliminate and usually succeed hence why DSL (ADSL2+/VDSL2) tends to work but full fibre does nothing to solve problems deeper in a broadband providers network e.g. congested access to video delivery platforms, congested peering or just badly configured network hardware.

Those who have made it to the bottom of this article may recall that Bournemouth already has a full fibre presence of 20% due to the presence of the old fibre network sold under the Gigler brand.


Andrew, You are missing a figure in para 4 "The known CityFibre footprint is actually only slightly over xx times bigger in terms of premises

  • jumpmum
  • 3 months ago

Added the errant missing three, suspect I veered off to double check the value before typing it and then missed it when I came back.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

I thought CityFibre were just sweating the old Marconi assets, I'm not aware of them building anything new...

  • doowles
  • 3 months ago

CityFibre is building, hence the micro trenching in places like Peterborough, Aberdeen etc

For Bournemouth the old network may be left alone but that is only around 20%of homes, so more building will be needed to cover Bournemouth.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 3 months ago

CityFibre, picking up from where they left off as FibreCity in 2010...

  • silver47
  • 3 months ago

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