LONDON – Crawley is celebrating a major milestone in its digital transformation with work now well underway to build a full fibre network to reach almost every home and business in the town.
CityFibre is investing at least £23m in Crawley to deliver this transformational project, as part of its nationwide plan to replace the country's ageing copper-based networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity. Upon completion, the network is expected to boost business productivity and innovation, deliver millions in economic benefits, and provide a platform for a new generation of "smart city" applications and the roll-out of 5G mobile services.
The network is not yet live, but once activated, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. Across the UK CityFibre is already working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver next generation broadband services, and TalkTalk and other partners are expected to join the network soon.
CityFibre has appointed Adrian Smith as City Manager to spearhead the delivery of the Crawley project, which is now underway in Langley Green. In this role, Adrian will be responsible for ensuring the state-of-the-art full fibre network is implemented with minimal disruption, while delivering maximum benefit for the wider community.
Adrian will be the lead point of contact for all the town's stakeholders and a key advocate of the wide-ranging benefits that a full fibre network will bring to Crawley's residents and businesses.
Local contractor Lanes-i is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre's behalf. The company is using modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly while working closely with CityFibre, Crawley Borough Council and local communities to manage disruption and ensure a fast, successful roll-out. Residents are being kept informed by door-to-door teams and also mailings ahead of works in their streets.
Full fibre is currently available to around 16 per cent of premises across the UK. It is considered to be the best in connectivity for its speed, near unlimited bandwidth and reliability. By using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer's home or business to the internet, users will be offered a significantly superior and more reliable broadband service, capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).
If residents are interested in full fibre broadband, they can pre-register interest with CityFibre and will receive information when services are available.
To pre-register interest, visit www.cityfibre.com/residential
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