CityFibre begins North Tyneside rollout

UK ISP CityFibre has today launched work to extend its full-fibre network to the borough of North Tyneside. The £50 million private investment will see CityFibre roll out its FTTP network to “almost every” premises in the borough.

Construction has started in the Riverside area of North Shields, after which building will progress to the rest of the borough. Construction is being delivered on CityFibre’s behalf by IQA Elecnor Group.

IQA Elecnor will work with CityFibre, as well as local communities and North Tyneside Council, on ensuring that disruption is minimised and that the rollout can be delivered quickly and efficiently.

The £50 million North Tyneside rollout forms part of CityFibre’s wider £4 billion investment, which aims to connect 1 million premises to FTTP by the end of this year, and 8 million by the end of 2025.

Jason Legget, CityFibre City Manager for North Tyneside, commented: “North Tyneside’s residents’ digital future is just around the corner. Work is now underway and that is something to be celebrated. Full Fibre broadband will help households access all the latest entertainment at lightning speed, but the benefits are far deeper than that – from enabling smart home technology to giving people the freedom to work from home with ease.”

North Tyneside Council Deputy Mayor Bruce Pickard added: “It is fantastic that CityFibre is now ready to start delivering on its infrastructure programme to bring a future-proofed, Full Fibre digital network to North Tyneside. This will bring many benefits to residents and businesses alike and create opportunities for our local economy to grow and prosper well into the next generation.”

CityFibre is also investing £69 million in an FTTP rollout for the nearby city of Newcastle, where it is working with ISP Zen Internet. CityFibre says that other providers, including TalkTalk, are set to join its network in Newcastle.