Svella Connect appointed to take over CityFibre Barnsley rollout

CityFibre has announced that it has appointed Svella Connect to take over construction work on its £32 million Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network rollout in the town of Barnsley. Svella Connect has been named CityFibre’s new build partner in the South Yorkshire town after previous contractor NMCN fell into administration earlier this month, disrupting construction work on the network.

According to CityFibre, mobilisation is currently underway for Svella Connect to replace NMCN, with construction forecast to resume in early 2022. Svella Connect will work closely alongside CityFibre, Barnsley Council and communities to ensure disruption is managed during the rollout, the provider has said.

Svella Connect’s appointment as build partner comes after it acquired NMCN’s telecoms, plant and equipment business in the wake of its collapse. Once complete, CityFibre says that the network will bring a full fibre connection to within reach of “nearly every” premises in the town.

CityFibre City Manager for Barnsley Natalie Ward said: “We are delighted to have appointed a new build partner so quickly who we know will really help ramp up our operation in the town. Already this year we have made significant progress and we aim to accelerate even faster throughout 2022.

“CityFibre is leading the charge in South Yorkshire to make Full Fibre available to the people and businesses of Barnsley and we look forward to this transformative technology being available in even more homes very soon.”

Svella Connect Managing Director Gavin Davies added: “This appointment as a build partner is great news for Svella Connect and it’s exciting for us to lead such an important multi-million pound infrastructure project which will see homes and businesses benefit from a modern, hybrid network.”

“It reinforces our position as a key infrastructure partner to CityFibre, supporting its nationwide connectivity targets, and will see us further expand and strengthen our delivery teams in Yorkshire.”

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