CityFibre, the UK's largest independent full-fibre operator, has announced that it has reached a significant milestone in its nationwide full-fibre network rollout. The company's full-fibre network (FTTP) has now passed 3 million premises, having added 1 million homes since it announced passing the two million premises milestone in September 2022.
CityFibre says it is committed to delivering a million ready-for-service premises to ISPs by the end of 2023, and is on track to meet this target.
CityFibre stated that it began the construction of its access network in 2018, commencing mobilization in its first 12 towns and cities. Since then, it has achieved the status of primary build completion in several locations, including Milton Keynes, Stirling, Peterborough, and Coventry.
Notably, in its most developed areas like Milton Keynes, ISP partners are currently approaching a 30 percent take-up, while other locations are experiencing growth along a similar trajectory.
Wholesale 2.5 Gbps Symmetrical Product
CityFibre noted in its official release that as its full-fibre network continues to evolve, it plans to launch the UK's first wholesale 2.5 Gbps symmetrical consumer broadband product.
CityFibre said the 2.5 Gbps product is now being gradually offered to ISP customers. The service will first be available in CityFibre's most developed XGS-PON deployment areas and the new platform can provide symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gbps and is designed for seamless upgrading to 50G PON.
By the end of 2023, CityFibre says it expects to have deployed its XGS-PON equipment into over 90 percent of its fibre exchanges, with the new 2.5G bps product becoming available to around 20 percent of its ready-for-service footprint, currently.