CityFibre and Gigaclear have partnered to plough ahead with the delivery of fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband connections in rural areas.
The companies said that working together will enable "hundreds of thousands of rural homes and businesses across the UK" to gain access to high-speed broadband services far more quickly.
Specifically, the partnership will use CityFibre’s ever-expanding pure fibre urban metro network, now in place in 37 towns and cities, as a launch point for rural rollouts. Gigaclear will also use the CityFibre network for backhaul.
CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch explained that the rollouts will ensure that those in rural areas are not left behind.
“We have long been aware of the huge levels of demand for better internet connectivity in rural areas surrounding our urban network projects," he said.
"It is a national embarrassment that residents and businesses in rural areas, and indeed many of those in towns and cities, have been left in the digital dark ages. Pure fibre infrastructure is a 21st century utility and an essential component in everyday life.”
Mesch told V3 earlier this year about CityFibre's efforts to become a viable alternative to BT Openreach in the wholesale internet market, and the partnership underlines this goal.
Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear, added that using CityFibre’s urban network will complement its own rural push.
“This partnership with CityFibre gives Gigaclear access to more capacity, faster delivery and more flexible bandwidth across the country," he said.
"It helps us build gigabit networks where other operators do not reach, to meet the demand for better broadband from homes and businesses.”
The move comes just a couple of weeks after BT announced plans to start rolling out FTTP services to SMEs in nine locations around the UK, as efforts to speed up broadband services across the nation continue.
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