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CityFibre announce next set of 36 areas that will see its FTTP roll-out

The list of 36 areas today add to the existing 26 towns and cities that we knew about CityFibre deploying to. At this time 11 have FTTP available to order on residential streets.

We want to make sure every corner of the country benefits from world-class, gigabit speed broadband, so it is great to see CityFibre expanding out into 36 more towns and cities.

We are working closely with industry to push ahead with a nationwide rollout and investing £5 billion so the hardest-to-reach areas aren’t left behind.

Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP

Britain’s need for a world-class digital infrastructure has never been greater which is why we stand firmly behind the Government’s plan for nationwide coverage by 2025. Full fibre will play a critical role in levelling-up the UK and so today we are accelerating our plans, bringing full fibre to more towns and cities, even faster.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre

Using the analysis we did on 5th March 2020 by showing what the effect of existing FTTP presence and Virgin Media Gig1 being made available everywhere it is possible to get a feel for how much overlap CityFibre will have and therefore just how much of a dent they will make on the 2025 Gigabit everywhere target.

New towns and cities announced for full fibre deployment
AreaPremisesGigabit coverage via Gig1 assuming full roll-out and current FTTP footprintCurrent FTTP footprint
Barnsley 113,029 57.34% 14%
Bath 87,427 (Bath and North East Somerset) 48.33% 16.8%
Blackpool 71,114 79.16% 4.44%
Bognor Regis 49,845 includes Littlehampton 3.35% 3.35%
Bracknell 53,385 62.88% 5.59%
Brighton & Hove 134,711 91.75% 1.85%
Bury St Edmunds 22,462 3.17% 3.17%
Chatham 43,705 ~85.8% 1.81%
Cheltenham 58,044 ~73.9% 1.31%
Chester 48,178 ~19.5% 14.55%
Chichester 58,884 ~21% 13.88%
Christchurch 187,800 (Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole) 85.04% 12.84%
Crawley 48,809 ~89% 2.45%
Dundee 78,500 92.63% 0.57%
Eastbourne 49,152 2.27% 2.27%
Gateshead 98,635 71.74% 2.26%
Gillingham 43,506 ~94% 0.46%
Glasgow  335,774 (City local authority) 61.57% 9.08%
Gloucester 57,723 ~87% 1.19%
Halifax 47,244 ~62.5% 0.73%
Horsham 65,720 9.56% 9.56%
Littlehampton See Bognor Regis
Maidenhead 45,844 ~67% 5.99%
Middlesbrough 64,815 93.64% 1.74%
Norwich 68,540 ~90% 0.75%
Nottingham 141,643 94.84% 14.28%
Poole See Christchurch
Portsmouth 95,129 95.28% 0.48%
Preston 67,322 ~75% 5.79%
Reading 73,004 90.11% 6.68%
Sheffield 256,263 48.31% 6.63%
Solihull 95,682 86.1% 13.81%
Stoke on Trent 119,448 78.35% 0.74%
Weston-super-Mare 53,423 14.38% 14.38%
Wolverhampton 113,655 92.62% 0.75%
Worcester 47,464 1.37% 1.37%
Total number of premises 2,995,879 with overall 2021 Gigabit expectation of 67.2% if no more FTTP deployed and Virgin Media does a full switch on of Gig1. Therefore potential contribution to Gigabit target if CityFibre do not overlap any with any other Gigabit option is 981,709 premises.

The small number of entries with an approximate 2021 Gigabit figure is due to us not having run the data for all districts councils and constituencies and the approximate figures have been hand calculated. That some district councils were not calculated on the 5th may seem odd, but this is because the main table we did the Gigabit transform on used the larger council areas these districts belonged to. If we re-run the Gigabit prediction again we make sure to do all the four of the main tables used.

Towns and cities previously announced
AreaPremisesGigabit coverage via Gig1 assuming full roll-out and current FTTP footprintCurrent FTTP footprint
Barnsley 113,029 57.34% 14%
Aberdeen 122,825 21.23% 21.23%
Adur & Worthing 81,474 ~93.4% 1.76%
Batley 48,190 ~69% 12.73%
Bournemouth See Christchurch
Bradford 222,766 82.92% 2.38%
Cambridge 58,705 ~93% 14.1%
Coventry 146,452 85.07% 39.74%
Derby 113,780 91.25% 1.38%
Dewsbury 47,305 ~58% 5.72%
Doncaster 114,020 46.59% 6.94%
Edinburgh 266,837 89.26% 24.8%
Huddersfield 44,577 ~95% 8.84%
Inverness 54,366 2.59% 2.59%
Ipswich 63,902 ~90% 1.48%
Leeds 366,863 80.19% 30.62%
Leicester 140,715 89.15% 1.93%
Lowestoft 32,904 6.37% 6.37%
Milton Keynes 119,773 60.36% 60.36%
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 134,699 63.13% 4.92%
Northampton 99,890 ~85% 0.49%
Peterborough 89,336 79.32% 35.57%
Rotherham 121,240 56.52% 11.17%
Slough 58,026 85.8% 3.29%
Southend 82,867 64.07% 8.24%
Stirling 43,593 36.11% 36.11%
Swindon 102,180 79.52% 5.81%
Total number of premises 2,890,314 with overall 2021 Gigabit expectation of 72.3% if no more FTTP deployed and Virgin Media does a full switch on of Gig1. Therefore potential contribution to Gigabit target if CityFibre do not overlap any with any other Gigabit option is 799,121 premises.

Comments

Virgin Media are speedily covering Weston-super-Mare now, should share costs...

  • Somerset
  • 27 days ago

Would be useful if companies like CityFibre published a list of when service will be available in an area they've announced. Where I live is on the 2021 list previously announced and I'd like to be able to move to them when they arrive, but want to be sure I don't lock myself into a contract with my existing ISP, who don't do FTTP, in the meantime.

  • tmcr
  • 26 days ago

Do CF use microduct like VM? Will be interesting to see how the 2 weave round each other.

  • Somerset
  • 26 days ago

Indeed they do use microducting.

I can show you pictures of pavements where they've weaved around VM next time I'm in that locale if you'd like?

  • CarlThomas
  • 26 days ago

Its great to see CityFibre announcing more towns and city's but I do agree with tmcr it would be nice if they shared more of an idea of when they hope start work and go live in areas. Its of course understandable that any date would be estimated and subject to change but I was pleasantly surprised to find they have started in my home town of Ipswich a month ago without any warning not too far from my house so hope them going live and my current contract which ends in August is at a similar time.

  • gamesaregood
  • 25 days ago

In terms of going live, we try to cover each area when it first goes live and appears on our maps.

Our understanding is also that there is a fair bit of local marketing as roads get built, but sometimes this does seem to be well in advance of people being able to order.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 25 days ago

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