Next-generation ‘Gigabit Cities’

CityFibre is the largest independent provider of pure fibre optic network infrastructure in the UK. CityFibre designs, builds, owns and operates gigabit speed fibre networks in mid-sized cities and major towns, for the public and private sectors. These networks empower data-hungry users, unleashing unlimited speeds on future-proofed technology. With networks in 60 UK towns and cities, CityFibre serves a vast array of public sector organisations, service providers and businesses. A number of the Key City members have embarked on these projects to transform themselves into next-generation ‘Gigabit Cities’.

CityFibre have begun a number Gigabit City projects within our Key Cities where city-wide pure fibre networks known as ‘COREs’ bring world-class Internet connectivity and the benefits of gigabit speeds to every aspect of the city’s community these include:


This 90km city-wide network developed through a 20 year strategic partnership with Peterborough City Council connects over 100 public sites and has an addressable base of over 4000 businesses. This network took just under a year to build and over 25% of all businesses in the city have registered interest in services. Over 150 businesses are already connected and are receiving Gigabit speed services. The network is also contributing to Peterborough’s status as a city, which saw a record number of business start-ups in 2014 (Key Cities Group report, July 2015).


This 120km network connects over 200 sites public sites and 3000 businesses are within 150m of the network. The city is also home to CityFibre’s joint venture with Sky and TalkTalk, trialling the UK’s first city-wide roll-out of Fibre To the home services.  Both Sky and TalkTalk have launched residential services up to 100 times faster than the UK average speed.


CityFibre entered a strategic partnership with Coventry City Council and acquired their 140km city-wide network. The networks connects 346 public sites and has now been made available to Coventry’s wider business community.  Gigabit speed services are now available from multiple service provider partners and over 400 businesses have registered their interest in receiving services. The network is also being extended to reach otherwise poorly served business parks throughout the city.


CityFibre have signed a National Framework Agreement with mobile network operators EE, Three UK  to deploy dark fibre connectivity to mobile masks throughout Hull. The project for the mobile sites is the first step in the anticipated larger build-out following our ‘Well-Planned City’ model. To date, two further Internet Service providers are now offering ultra-fast services in the city over the new network.


Kirklees is the first PSN procurement to employ a significant dark fibre solution and is being delivered by CityFibre in partnership with Easynet. The 80km of dark fibre will connect 176 public sector sites and the build is 20% complete. The first business services will be available in September.


CityFibre, in partnership with Logicalis, have been constructed to build a ‘Community Safety Network’ over existing Public Sector Network. The fibre connections will accommodate the growing community safety estate as well as a broad range of applications. The pure fibre ring also allows the Council to harness future smart technologies as the city evolves, including ultra-high definition CCTV, digital information boards and traffic and alarm monitoring applications. This project is over 80% complete.

Greg Mesch, CEO, CityFibre said;

“Through a combination of strategic partnership agreements with local authorities and wholly private investments, CityFibre have a number of on-going Gigabit City projects where the potential of transformational gigabit speed connectivity is being realised. With plans to launch more Gigabit Cities in the coming year, we are actively looking for suitable candidate cities for our next wave of projects .We are keen to engage with other Key Cities that share similar aspirational economic and social ambitions with our existing Gigabit Cities”