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CityFibre begins £30 million Huddersfield fibre network expansion

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Alternative network provider, CityFibre has started work on a £30 million full fibre network expansion in Huddersfield, UK.

CityFibre has been working in partnership with Huddersfield on its digital transformation since 2014, when it launched a new, independent 52km fibre network to provide full fibre connectivity to 176 public sector sites and the town’s business population. The current work – delivered in partnership with Vodafone – marks a further £30m investment to extend the existing network past almost every local home and business locally to enable internet speeds of up to 1000Mb/s.

Through its relationship with Vodafone, the provider’s objective is to bring next-generation full fibre infrastructure to 5 million UK homes and businesses by 2025, representing a third of the UK Government’s target of 15m homes by 2025 (see CityFibre £2.5 billion investment plan to connect five million UK homes to full fibre).

Local Brighouse-based contractor SDH Project Services Ltd has been appointed to deliver the programme using modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly and efficiently, while CityFibre says it is committed to working closely with Kirklees Council and local communities to ensure a fast and successful roll-out with minimum disruption to residents.

Steve Moore, CityFibre’s city development manager for Huddersfield, explained: ‘Through a thriving creative and digital culture, coupled with a world-renowned reputation for manufacturing and innovation, Huddersfield has so much to gain from fresh investment in its broadband infrastructure. For instance, recent research estimates that over the next 15 years, the roll-out of full fibre could unlock £18m in business productivity and innovation, and £11m from new start-up activity.

Project director, Colin Brown, SDH Project Services added: ‘We are delighted to work alongside Kirklees Council and CityFibre on the full fibre rollout in Huddersfield. We shall work tirelessly to ensure that minimal impact is created during the roll-out phase over the coming months and would like to stress that any short-term disruption is compensated by the provision and delivery of high-speed connectivity, something that the entire area has struggled with for too long.’

Said Councillor Peter McBride at Kirklees Council: ‘The council continues to work closely with the private sector to facilitate investment in high-speed connectivity across the district. Digital infrastructure is vital – it is part of our economic strategy to ensure we remain a resilient, future-proofed district that is fully able to take advantage of technology.’

The project is due to be completed by 2021, and the first homes can expect to be connected by Summer.

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