14 more Gigabit Cities announced as part of CityFibre FTTP roll-out
Residents of 14 more cities and towns in the UK can look forward to a FTTP roll-out via CityFibre where for the residential market Vodafone via its Gigafast service has a few years of exclusive access.
The 14 new locations are Batley, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Inverness, Ipswich, Leicester, Lowestoft, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Rotherham, Slough, Swindon and Worthing and once combined with the existing dozen Gigabit Cities we are told the footprint should total over 2 million homes.
CityFibre’s sole purpose is to deliver the future-proof digital infrastructure the UK deserves. With a new Prime Minister set to increase government's ambitions for the pace of full fibre rollout, we are delighted to welcome another 14 towns and cities to our Gigabit City Club. These Gigabit Cities will not only gain new full fibre networks that will spark their digital transformation, but also unleash the benefits that only competitive infrastructure investment can bring.
Our rollout to five million homes is gathering momentum. We have now confirmed 26 locations and over two million homes in our programme. We are investing, we are building, and we are connecting customers to networks of the future.CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch
The press release talks about the CityFibre £2.5 billion investment covering more than 20% of the UK market and they mention at least five million homes. Unfortunately if you want to address 20% of the UK residential market you need to cover at least 5.7 million homes. It should be noted that when most people talk about the level of FTTP coverage in the UK they are referring to the combined figures for residential and business premises and in places the CityFibre press release does talk about both residential and business premises. If the UK is serious about pushing to 100% FTTP coverage for 2025 as Boris Johnson talks about then these small details are important.
Of the existing 12 locations five have full fibre which is available for residential customers and they are Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Aberdeen, Coventry and Stirling, another five have construction underway. Our current total of premises where Vodafone Gigafast can be ordered is at 63,115 and this is increasing weekly as we follow the build.