CityFibre announces £5 million expansion to FTTP rollout in Cambridgeshire
Full Fibre infrastructure platform CityFibre has announced it is investing a further £5 million to expand its gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network.The expansion will cover the town of March in Cambridgeshire which has a population of over 22,000 people.
Rebecca Stephens, Regional Partnership Director and CityFibre’s City Manager for March, said: “I’m immensely excited and proud to see work getting underway in March. This is the start of an exciting new chapter for the town as it gets ready to thrive in the digital age. It’s important to remember that any short-term disruption will pay off tremendously in the long-term - once the network’s built, it will serve the community’s connectivity needs for decades to come.”
Multi-utility company, Granemore Group is delivering the construction, which has already begun. The team will take a few weeks to complete each area and spend two or three days outside each premises. The company will be working closely with Fenland District Council to “deliver a fast rollout while minimising potential disruption.”
Cllr Chris Boden, Leader of Fenland District Council, said: “It is fantastic that CityFibre is now ready to start delivering its £5m infrastructure investment programme in March, which will deliver a town-wide network that will benefit residents, businesses and services alike. This is a once in a generation upgrade that will futureproof our network infrastructure at a time when connectivity has never been so important.”
While the network is not yet live, as soon as it is activated, residents of March will be able to access Full fibre network services from a number of different broadband providers.
Steve Barclay, Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire, said: “Access to good broadband connectivity is an essential part of modern life and CityFibre’s £5m investment in full fibre for March is a huge boost that will make it one of the best-connected places in the UK, drive economic benefit and complement existing improvements planned for the town.”