FTTH investment plan for the UK, announced by CityFibre

The £2.5bn FTTH investment plan is a huge step towards full fibre across the UK.

FTTH investment by CityFibre - MF Communications

With this investment, City Fibre plan to provide fibre to the home (FTTH) connections to 5 million UK homes and businesses by 2025.

CityFibre’s CEO Greg Mesch said,

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan enables us to further accelerate our rollout, catalysing huge economic growth in regional towns and cities across the country and transforming the UK’s digital future.”

“Our rollout will soon bring to scale an innovative wholesale network, providing internet service providers and mobile network operators with greater choice and unrivalled technical capabilities, benefitting all sectors of the market.”

CityFibre is on a mission to kick-start the UK’s full fibre revolution. Having identified 37 towns and cities where CityFibre already has a critical fibre network in place, the company hope to leverage this in order to rollout FTTH services.

A partnership with Vodafone has meant the process of connecting properties for FTTH services in Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Aberdeen has already begun, with four other cities earmarked before the end of the year.

In terms of FTTH deployment, the UK lags behind Europe, having only four percent of the population able to access full fibre broadband.

The UK government has laid out its plans in terms of fulfilling the development of our digital economy with investment in this area, the target being for at least 15 million FTTH connections by 2025.

This ambitious investment plan by CityFibre could fulfil a third of the government’s target and with it, cement the company’s reputation as one of the key players in the UK’s full fibre revolution.

“We now need to work together across Government, Ofcom and industry to create a level-playing field that continues to encourage investment from multiple network operators, so that full fibre can be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible,” Greg Mesch said.

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