Cityfibre puts Openreach to shame – three new cities on full-fibre lineup

Cityfibre puts Openreach to shame – three new cities on full-fibre lineup

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

With the recent announcement that Openreach is bringing full-fibre to Coventry, local politicians and policymakers cheered at the billions of taxpayers’ money being put to use for the benefit of the area.

Meanwhile, private company Cityfibre has announced plans to expand their own full-fibre networks to three more cities – Cambridge, Leeds, and Southend-on-Sea .

These latest expansions bring CityFibre’s total investment to £465 million, and they certainly have the cash to keep going – the company was bought out for £538 million in June this year.

In addition to established ‘dark fibre’ networks, which already reach over four million premises, CityFibre is currently finalising new full-fibre networks in Milton Keynes, Aberdeen, and Peterborough.

Packages are set to go on sale in November 2018, sold through CityFibre’s partner, Vodafone.

Government-backed Openreach is certainly trailing behind the pace set by CityFibre, as well as other full-fibre providers, Gigaclear and Hyperoptic. However, this is all in service of the government’s aim to completely replace the outdated copper telephone network by 2025.

There’s also shaping up to be a lot more competition between full-fibre providers, which can only be a good thing for consumers.

With Openreach, Virgin Media, and new suppliers like CityFibre all fighting for the best service, prices, and availability, we’re going to be looking at a far less monopolised landscape than the one we currently have.

Unfortunately, full-fibre remains a costly purchase for customers. Vodafone announced their price point for 900 Mbps connections at £48 a month – finding the middle ground between Gigaclear’s £75.00 and TalkTalk’s impressive £23.50 subscription (only available in York).

Full-fibre infrastructure will also be vital in the rollout of 5G wireless broadband, which is set to begin by 2020.

Image: btphotosbduk

Samuel Newman author picture

By:

Samuel Newman is a consumer journalist and blogger based in Sheffield.

News What's the story?

Keep up with the latest developments in UK broadband.

Should you get Disney +?

Disney launched their streaming platform in the US this month with a UK release in Spring 2020, is it living up to the hype?

Should you get Disney +?Should you get Disney +? Read more

The best pre-Black Friday deals!

This year Black Friday seems to be kicking off earlier than ever! Here’s a rundown of the best deals if you just can’t wait till the day itself.

Read more

Instagram tests ‘no likes’, sends users into panic.

Have you noticed that likes are missing from your photos recently? Here’s why!

Read more

Facebook and Google consider political ad block.

Read more

Help Learn with us

Make the most of the internet with our broadband library.

How do media streaming boxes work?

How do media streaming boxes work?How do media streaming boxes work? Read more

What do I do if my broadband bill’s wrong?

Don't be afraid to question your provider if something seems off!

Read more

What will WiFi 6 mean for consumers?

Read more

What broadband speeds do I actually need?

ISP’s are offering packages for every budget and speed requirement - but do you actually know what you need from your broadband?

Read more