CityFibre is continuing its ambitious rollout of fibre to towns and cities around the UK with a high-speed, pure fibre network installation in Reading.
CityFibre will install 30km of fibre throughout the city, offering businesses, schools and local councils the ability to select its network for high-speed services.
The firm has partnered with local communications supplier BtL to help sell the services in the city. BtL managing director Rob Lamden explained that the network will help meet the demand for better broadband in Reading.
"We have observed demand for ultra-fast services grow exponentially in recent years, and this project has the potential to unlock a tide of demand for faster, more resilient and more affordable services," he said.
"Businesses can now stop concerning themselves with bandwidth restrictions and instead optimise their operations, improving their experience and driving the bottom line."
CityFibre officially unveiled the plans today at Reading's Madjeski Stadium, and CEO Greg Mesch claimed that the network will have a huge impact on Reading, especially for its smart city ambitions.
"Our network is designed to accommodate Reading's current and future digital needs, from connecting public sector sites, schools and hospitals to powering the masts and small cells needed to deliver 4G and even 5G mobile coverage," he said.
The rollout underlines CityFibre's ongoing push to build a major fibre network across the UK. The company already boasts connections to 26,000 public sites such as schools and libraries, 260,000 businesses, 3.7 million homes and 7,400 mobile masts.
Mesch told V3 earlier this year that the company's push is vital for the future of the UK's connectivity as a rival to Openreach, as fibre is more sustainable for the future digital needs of the nation than copper networks.
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