Coventry to get £60m full fibre broadband
Coventry will be the next city in the UK to receive gigabit speed full fibre broadband.
The London-based provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure will invest at least £60 million of private funds in the installation.
Vodafone and CityFibre have identified the next wave of towns and cities to benefit from a roll-out of Gigabit-capable infrastructure as part of their plans to reach at least one million homes by 2021.
Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster have previously been announced as part of the project.
Once installation is complete, nearly every home and business in Coventry will have full fibre access.
Vodafone and CityFibre unveiled the strategic partnership last year, which is intended to deliver new infrastructure for up to five million homes and businesses.
The new infrastructure will build on the existing Gigabit City network in Coventry, which already spans 180km, with homes set to benefit for the first time. To date, local businesses including the Ricoh Arena and more than 300 public sector sites including schools, council offices and GP surgeries are already benefiting from full fibre connectivity.
“I’m delighted to welcome everyone living in Coventry to the full fibre club, with a broadband service like no other,” said Vodafone UK Chief Executive, Nick Jeffery.
“After five months we are well on track with the joint Gigafast broadband programme that will help position the UK as a world leading digital centre.”
Greg Mesch, Chief Executive at CityFibre, added: “Coventry will be among the first cities in the UK to benefit from this game-changing infrastructure programme, which will have a transformative impact on homes and businesses alike.
“We’re moving closer to our vision of a Gigabit Britain, where digital inadequacy is a thing of the past and full fibre connectivity is the norm. For residents of Coventry, the future is now.”