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Cityfibre to extend broadband services further across city

Peterborough is to receive a £3m broadband boost with an expansion of its full fibre network.
Rebecca Stephens, City Manager for Peterborough
Rebecca Stephens

CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, has announced plans to extend its build footprint for the city enabling thousands more homes to access its full fibre network and high-speed broadband services from Vodafone and TalkTalk.

CityFibre is investing a further £3m to expand the project, taking its total investment in Peterborough to £35m. Earlier this year, CityFibre hit a major milestone in Peterborough when it officially completed its original build plan by bringing the best available connectivity within reach of 60,000 homes in the city.

Now, with huge demand for full fibre services, CityFibre is extending its investment in Peterborough so that thousands more homes and businesses can access full fibre connectivity with work currently underway in Hampton and Stanground.

Homes across most of Peterborough are now ready for service, with many customers already connected via launch partner Vodafone’s ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service. Many are also able to connect via TalkTalk’s ‘Future Fibre’ packages with more providers expected to join the network soon.

Granemore Group is delivering the project on CityFibre’s behalf. The team will continue to work closely with CityFibre and Peterborough City Council to manage any disruption and use modern build techniques to ensure a fast and efficient roll out.

Rebecca Stephens, CityFibre’s City Manager for Peterborough, said: “This is great news for the city. We’ve been working to bring our best-in-class full fibre network to thousands of homes in the city for the last few years and there’s a clear demand - you only have to look at what we’ve been through in the last 18 months of the pandemic to see how much we rely on good broadband connectivity for homeworking and schooling, telehealth, and business innovation.

“This extra investment means we can keep going to ensure even more premises can access the network. Peterborough is a trailblazer, becoming one of the first cities in the UK to have this level of digital infrastructure, creating opportunities and giving a digital boost to the local economy for years to come.”

Full fibre networks, unlike many of the copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at light speed all the way from the home to the point of connection. This gives users speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for upload and download.

Cllr Marco Cereste, cabinet member for digital services and transformation at Peterborough City Council, said: “We are delighted that CityFibre has chosen to extend its network roll out in Peterborough. We understand the importance of reliable, high-speed broadband services and are thrilled that thousands more homes and businesses in the city will have access to this state-of-the-art digital infrastructure and all the productivity benefits it brings. 

“CityFibre’s investment is transforming Peterborough into one of the best digitally connected cities in the UK and beyond. We are excited by the many opportunities this will bring for the city from encouraging new investment to improving educational experiences.”  

FInd out more at www.cityfibre.com/residential.