Nearly every home and business in Gloucester will gain access to next-generation broadband thanks to a major investment by CityFibre which is committing an investment of at least £31 million.
The new infrastructure is expected to boost business productivity and boost the city’s economy, while giving residents access to the UK’s fastest broadband services.
Detailed planning is already underway as CityFibre, the UK’s third national infrastructure platform, designs a network capable of serving Gloucester’s current and future demands.
When complete, the company said its network will reach nearly every home and business in the city and will provide a platform for a new generation of “smart city” applications, as well as the roll-out of 5G mobile services.
CityFibre has appointed Neil Madle as City Manager to spearhead delivery of the Gloucester project, due to begin in January.
Neil said: “Over the past nine months, most of us will have recognised just how important digital connectivity is to our lives and how much of an enabler it is when it comes to work, home and play. I’m really excited to be working with an organisation that is championing Full Fibre investment in not only communities like Gloucester, but right across the UK. I look forward to working with the city’s residents, businesses and other key stakeholders to deliver this transformational project.”
Neil has detailed knowledge of the Gloucester area, initially working as a reporter on local newspapers before representing south west-based technology firms in senior communications roles. He is also CityFibre’s City Manager for Swindon.
Kier Group is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf, using modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly.
David Green, Managing Director at Kier Utilities & Rail, said: “It’s great to be part of an enterprise that transforms communities’ digital experiences, by giving them reliable, futureproof broadband.”
Councillor Richard Cook, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This is particularly welcome with the multi million pound regeneration of Kings Quarter currently taking place. It will see the development of one of the largest digital quarters in the UK with The Forum, a new social and digital campus for the South West acting as a catalyst for an emerging digital and cyber security sector.”