UK wholesale provider appoints strategic fibre partner and selected as last mile provider

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Alternative network provider, CityFibre has awarded a strategic supplier agreement to Prysmian Group, and joined SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ last-mile metro network providers.

The multi-million-pound contract with Prysmian is to supply fibre optic cable as the full fibre infrastructure wholesale provider’s £2.5 billion roll out of full fibre networks gathers pace. 12 Gigabit Cities have already been unveiled where CityFibre is extending its existing metro networks, with a goal to reach five million UK homes in more than 50 cities by 2025.

Prysmian will supply CityFibre with optical cable for both underground and aerial applications in an initial two-year deal. With a local manufacturing presence reinforced by production capacities across the globe, Prysmian is well positioned to support this rapidly expanding sector.

James Thomas, director of supply chain at CityFibre, said: ‘Given our FTTP ambitions, our choice of fibre supplier is critical to us.  We are focused on establishing a supply chain that can deliver the high-quality materials we need at scale now and for the future of our roll-out.  We are delighted to have secured Prysmian, a fibre manufacturer with such a strong reputation, as a strategic supplier for our rollout.’

Carlos Lopez, telecom business unit director at Prysmian UK added: ‘We are delighted to have been selected as a supply partner by CityFibre at this pivotal moment in the UK fibre optic cable market.’ 

CityFibre will also join the ranks of connectivity supplier, SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ Edge Plus providers for Ethernet services in an extension of an existing network partnership designed to increase presence for both companies in crucial geographies across the UK. The partnership will offer cost efficiencies, as well as an alternative fibre last-mile provider with access to extensive CityFibre metro networks across 15 cities.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ LIVEQUOTE price comparison tool will look to increase customers’ access to alternative last-mile partners, like CityFibre, that complements existing backhaul providers.

Rob Hamlin, commercial director, at CityFibre said: ‘Partnering with SSE Enterprise Telecoms not only helps to meet increased demand and provide all-important choice in the market, but culturally, our two organisations are well suited. We share a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a need to disrupt the market for the benefit of our partners and customers.’

Colin Sempill, chief executive at SSE Enterprise Telecoms said: ‘We’re on a mission to improve the way organisations buy network services. SSE Enterprise Telecoms and CityFibre have both invested substantially in UK fibre networks over the last 10 years, challenging the status quo and developing a strong proposition in the market.’

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