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CityFibre pave the way for Coventry’s full-fibre transformation

Posted on 6 August 2019

This summer, we’ve been excited to hear all about the work our Director’s Club member CityFibre have been undertaking to improve internet connectivity in across the city.

With plans to roll out gigabit-capable, full-fibre internet to nearly every home and business in Coventry, the company is currently moving construction into new parts of the city, including Bablake, Radford and Henley.

Launched just six months ago, the £60m fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) project is expected to bring a big boost to the local economy. According to research by economic consultancy Regeneris, it’s anticipated that the change could help businesses in the area to unlock up to £57m through new products, online services and marketing, as well as another £26m through the benefits of flexible working.

Meanwhile, new businesses starting up in Coventry could generate an additional £29m, and work on creating the network itself could add another £36m in economic growth.

Just six months since the project began, Callan Connect, a Birmingham-based civil engineering company which has served the telecommunications sector since it was established in 2006, has been announced as a second construction partner.

This latest appointment will build on the work being carried out by Morrison Telecom Services, which has so far brought the network within reach of Longford, Upper Stoke, Foleshill and Holbrook and brings at least 50 additional jobs to the local area.

CityFibre workers with fibre coils

Leigh Hunt, CityFibre’s manager for Coventry, said: “Over the last six months there has been tremendous progress on our plans to bring reliable, high capacity, gigabit-capable broadband within reach of nearly every home and business in Coventry by 2022.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with the team at Callan Connect, many of whom are Coventrians with a real passion for digitally transforming their neighbourhoods, as we prepare to scale up our build programme across the city.

“Rest assured, we are working closely with our local authority partners as we move into new areas of Coventry and will do all that we possibly can to manage disruption and minimise the time we spend in each location.”

Cllr. Richard Brown, Digital Champion at Coventry City Council, said: “Coventry is set to become a beacon of digital transformation as one of the first cities in the UK to benefit from the CityFibre FTTP programme delivered in partnership with Vodafone. Coventry’s existing network will be expanded to nearly every home and business in the city, giving access to broadband services of up to 900mbps to residents across Coventry for the first time.

“The council has been working closely with CityFibre on this project and it is fantastic to see it gather momentum with Callan Connect’s appointment just six months in.”

CityFibre is continuing to strengthen its partnerships across the city. The company was this year’s official WiFi sponsor at the Godiva Festival and will be present at City of Sport events taking place across Coventry this year.

To keep up to date with the Gigabit City network extension in Coventry, visit the CityFibre website, or follow @CityFibre on Twitter. Coventry residents can now connect to the network via Vodafone – you can register your interest online here.

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