Digital infrastructure provider CityFibre has revealed 36 new towns and cities to receive full-fibre as part of its £4 billion Gigabit City Investment Programme.
This brings the total number of premises identified to 5 million across 62 towns and cities.
The latest locations announced include Glasgow, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Crawley and Barnsley. CityFibre is ultimately targeting up to 8 million premises with its full-fibre roll-out.
The company said it has also accelerated the mobilisation of its network build capabilities, with a process underway to award £1.5 billion in construction contracts by the summer and begin network build by the end of the year.
The announcement follows news that TalkTalk has committed to join CityFibre’s network to market both consumer and business services. They will join Vodafone and over 1,500 business and public sector internet service providers (ISPs) as customers on the growing network.
Mobile operator Three also recently selected CityFibre as a preferred supplier to provide backhaul connectivity to support its 5G roll-out.
Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said, “Britain’s need for a world-class digital infrastructure has never been greater which is why we stand firmly behind the government’s plan for nationwide coverage by 2025. Full fibre will play a critical role in levelling-up the UK and so today we are accelerating our plans, bringing full-fibre to more towns and cities, even faster.”