Internet users across Cheltenham are now able to connect their homes and businesses to the best digital infrastructure available thanks to progress made by CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, on the town’s new digital infrastructure rollout.
CityFibre has now made the majority of homes in the Alstone and Rowanfield areas of the town ‘ready for service’, which means residents can choose to connect to full fibre-enabled broadband services if they are live in their area.
In Cheltenham, customers can sign up to UK launch partner, Vodafone, on selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, as well as Talk Talk, IDNet, Air Broadband and Fibrehop, with other providers expected to join the network soon.
The rollout is now progressing into new areas with construction underway in the Arle, St. Marks and Benhall districts, while work in areas such as Pittville and Lansdown are set to start in the near future.
Once the town-wide rollout reaches completion in 2023, almost every home and business locally will have access to full fibre services from a choice of internet service providers.
Neil Madle, CityFibre’s City Manager for Cheltenham said: “CityFibre has been making great progress in Cheltenham and people we’ve spoken to have been amazed at just how much fibre we’ve put down in the last nine months. Reaching this latest milestone means residents can now start to benefit from this digital investment that will future-proof their connectivity for decades to come.”
Cheltenham is one of a growing number of locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s £4bn Gigabit City investment programme which will bring new and better broadband infrastructure within reach of up to eight million homes and businesses nationwide. In Cheltenham alone, CityFibre is investing £30m to make it one of the world’s best digitally connected communities.
Unlike copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, full fibre networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at lightning speed all the way from the home to the point of connection. This gives users consistently faster speeds for upload and download (up to 1,000 Mbps), near limitless bandwidth so everyone at home can work, study, stream or game simultaneously, while providing connectivity users can depend on.
Construction is being delivered by Kier Group on behalf of CityFibre. The team is using a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while managing potential disruption.
Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, pre-register their interest and find out when new ISPs join at https://cityfibre.com/homes