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CityFibre says Peterborough halfway to completion of fibre roll-out

CityFibre is saying its FTTP roll-out in Peterborough is past the half way make. The service is currently under an exclusive sales arrangement with Vodafone Gigafast but in time we expect others such as TalkTalk to sell services across the network.

Passing the half-way mark of our digital infrastructure rollout in Peterborough is a significant milestone for us and we’re excited to bring Full Fibre connectivity to more and more premises across the city. Future-proof digital infrastructure is about more than just providing households with access to services and the latest entertainment at lightning fast speeds, it is a real enabler of technological innovation and economic growth which will be vital in the coming months due to the ongoing pandemic.

In  the last six months, the way we work, how we access health services and how we keep in touch with our loved ones has dramatically changed, shifting  in the blink of an eye from physical to digital. The new network we’re installing in Peterborough means residents and businesses are not only well placed to adapt to these changing times, but for decades to come as our reliance upon everything digital only increases.

Rebecca Stephens, City Manager for Peterborough,

The areas of the city rolled out to are Garton End, New England, Walton, Paston, Dogsthorpe, Newark, Eastfield, Parnwell and Werrington and CityFIbre says parts of Millfield, Hampton Vale, Woodston, Fletton and the Ortons have been built to. Our map shows all these areas with only Fletton being in question as what OpenStreetMaps show as Old and New Fletton do not seem to have any availability but there is some nearby.

Our coverage figures put Peterborough at 43.7% FTTP coverage, but some of this is Openreach, OFNL and Hyperoptic. The CityFibre specific figure is 43% and so short of the over 50% of the press release, some of this may down to the Fletton area but the shortfall is around 6,000 premises. The press release does sometimes talk about core network was that premises passed, so its possible the network is actually built to over half the city but there is several thousand premises worth that has not been released for sale yet.

For those in other CityFibre roll-out areas Peterborough was announced as a Gigabit city back in March 2018, so being half way over two years later gives people an idea of the timescales involved.

Comments

Have to commend the job Cityfibre did on my street recently. Swift, relatively unobtrusive given they're digging roads, polite, helpful.

One caveat to take into account with this marketing release though is that there is a key difference between laying the fibres and lighting them up. How long that pahse of the project takes in the recently laid areas is unknown. Cityfibre point me in Vodafone's direction and Vodafone predictable point me in Cityfibre's direction.

  • simonbee
  • 20 days ago

Interested to know how long it takes from physical build to being available to order. Im in Leicester and the build is underway now, my Virgin contract is due for renewal next month and it looks like they are only offering 18 month contracts.

Should I go for another 18 Months...

  • philce
  • 20 days ago

I'm in the Woodston area, looking at one.network last of the roadworks in Woodston/Fletton finishes today. Might have already, don't know.

As @simonbee says, there's no info anywhere about timescales. Initially signed up for a waiting list on the VF site, but assume that's gone. VF pointed me to the gigafast page and told me to keep checking.

Interestingly, houses on Oundle Road, Orton Longueville are refused connection; assume it's because they are set back from the road with a communal driveway.

  • Cessquill
  • 20 days ago

@philce I feel your pain. It's a choice you have to make. I doubt it's 18 months given the unprecedented demand increase for good WFH internet connections. If they're literally digging your street up today I'd expect a couple of months TOPS before VF GF is available. I'd be sodding well disappointed if it's significantly longer than that but it is VF we're discussing here. (1/2)

  • simonbee
  • 20 days ago

@philce Since they finished the fibre lays I've been awaiting VF's knock on the door - apparently VF do send a team round knocking on doors to raise awareness of the availability. I shall welcome them like GODS when they knock on my door. Currently stuck on ~40/8 connection which is ok but a world away from 900/900!

  • simonbee
  • 20 days ago

@Cessquill - Really? Damn I'd be pissed at that. Probably borne from the logistical nightmare of getting common agreement on that communal driveway. I'd be surprised if there isn't an overhead option in cases like that though.

  • simonbee
  • 20 days ago

The lack of time-scales is a pain in the rear.
I'm in Aberdeen and avoided getting a cheaper interim internet connection because I don't know how long it will be till they hit this part of the city, especially as they have done some houses a mile away.
Unfortunately, I have been waiting so long I could have had a cheaper contract and finished it already in the time I've waited.
A rough idea (eg in the next 6 months or longer than 2 years) would be very helpful, but they don't like giving out that info to customers.

  • rowie
  • 20 days ago

@simonbee - yeah, I *think* Virgin comes in overhead, and they've sometimes had problems with storm damage. A lot of houses down there have a gravel road parallel and set back to the main road with a single access to keep the paths clear. I'd have thought there'd be a solution to serve the 8/10 properties per driveway. Especially when the fibre goes straight past them and down all side roads.

  • Cessquill
  • 20 days ago

@rowee P'borough started about 2yrs ago in the north and south & worked their way in. When they got here, they stopped half a mile away and worked on another part of town. Work here started near the same time as lockdown, so feared a postponement, but they went past my house about 18 months after the start.
I dare say there are plans somewhere, but prob flexible as some is quicker/slower, have to go back & repair, weather, COVID, and not much of it disrupts traffic. Would be nice to get a schedule though.
Signed to for CF alerts, just got an email with a link to VF gigafast page.

  • Cessquill
  • 20 days ago

I was checking the VF website every day for months, registering meant I got a call about 2 months after i had it installed (so useless), never had anyone come door to door.
Keep checking thats all you can do.

  • rolandrat
  • 20 days ago

Para 1: “half-way mark” not make.

  • Diggory
  • 19 days ago

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