Cityfibre and Vodafone have chosen Aberdeen as the second be part of their 1Gb FTTH venture. The cost of the overall deployment is believed be around £40m.
Towards the back end of 2017, Cityfibre and Vodafone embarked on a deal worth £500m to begin a deployment of FTTH. The initial phase of the rollout, which is set to begin in the first half of this year will aim to connect around one million UK premises in the towns that Cityfibre already operates in. Vodafone believe that this will mainly finished by 2021.
After this has been completed there will also be the “potential to extend” this network to up to 5 million premises which would cover around 50 different towns and cities, equating to one fifth of the UK’s broadband consumers. The two companies released a joint statement in January announcing that Milton Keynes would be the first area to receive the new rollout and around £40m has been pledged to make it a reality.
Aberdeen has now been unveiled as the second city in the new plan, which is a logical choice for Cityfibre given their pre-existing dark fibre infrastructure in the Scottish city. This network is already being expanded to reach an area of over 100Kms and will provide a good foundation for the upcoming rollout.
Chief executive of CityFibre Greg Mesch released the following statement:
“Our commitment to Aberdeen is further evidence of the action CityFibre is taking to deliver Britain’s full fibre future. Our existing network in Aberdeen provides us with an eighteen-month head-start on a full fibre roll-out to nearly every home and business in the city. With similar FTTP backbone networks already built in over 40 UK towns and cities, our contribution to national full fibre coverage is well underway.
We are getting on with the job of building Gigabit Britain – at full speed.”
Work is expected to begin in July this year with residents being able to register for the new service prior to completion. Although Aberdeen currently has a near perfect level of coverage for superfast broadband, due to an absence of Virgin Media they currently lack an Ultrafast infrastructure which make it an ideal option for Vodafone and Cityfibre.