CityFibre announces next phase of rollout

CityFibre has announced construction contracts for full fibre rollout in 27 UK towns and cities at a cost of a £1.5 billion.

The company says the contracts will support 3,750 new local network construction jobs across the UK and bring total build contracts to £2.5 billion. Contracts to connect an additional 3 million additional premises will be announced by the end of 2020. Bechtel was recently appointed to accelerate the mobilisation of CityFibre’s construction partners and to maximise the productivity of each rollout project.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said: “By awarding these full fibre network construction contracts, we can ensure we have the construction resources we need to get the job done, bringing world-class digital infrastructure a step closer to millions across the UK. Each contract represents hundreds of jobs and upskilling opportunities for local people, building the networks Britain needs to survive and to thrive in a digital age.”

The announcement comes hard on the heels of the news that CityFibre is investing £117 million to connect premises in Nottingham. CityFibre’s partner for this part of its build is McCann Ltd.

John McCann, Managing Director at McCann, said: “This is a landmark project for our team and continues to build on our existing relationship with CityFibre. We are delighted to have secured this work and look forward to delivering high speed broadband to the city of Nottingham.”