People across Lincoln can now access faster and more reliable broadband thanks to progress made by CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, on its £21m city-wide network roll out.
CityFibre has now made homes and businesses in parts of the Abbey area of the city ‘ready for service’, which means locals can choose to connect to full fibre-enabled broadband services when they go live in their area.
Currently, customers can sign up to UK launch partner, Vodafone, on selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, as well as IDNet, Giganet, Yayzi, Air Broadband, No One and Octaplus, with other providers expected to join the network soon.
The network rollout is making speedy progress, with work underway in Minster, Castle, Carholme and Glebe wards, while construction is due to begin in areas such as Birchwood, Hartsholme, North Hykeham, Boultham and Park wards is set to start in the next few weeks.
Construction is being delivered by Trust Utility Management Ltd. on CityFibre’s behalf, and teams are working closely with the City of Lincoln Council to ensure the rollout progresses at a rapid pace and with minimal disruption to residents.
Once the town-wide rollout reaches completion in 2024, almost every home and business locally will have access to full fibre broadband from a choice of internet service providers.
Dominika Walker, CityFibre’s Area Manager for Lincoln said: “This is a significant moment for the people and businesses of Lincoln as we make the next steps towards further developing the city’s digital potential.
“Works are progressing at speed and its brilliant to see our first customers now connected. As our teams keep building, it’s important to remember that any short-term disruption will pay off tremendously in the long-term.
"Soon, a majority of Lincoln will have access to one of the fastest and most reliable networks available.”
Francesca Bell, Assistant Director for Growth at Development at City of Lincoln Council, said: “With so much focus on the importance of digital capabilities in modern cities, CityFibre’s investment and progress across Lincoln to date is hugely promising for our future.
"Better connectivity will not only benefit residents, but also our businesses and the local economy, supporting all kinds of innovation and driving productivity gains. I look forward to seeing how the new infrastructure will transform our city.”
Lincoln is one of a growing number of locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s nationwide rollout, which will bring new and better broadband infrastructure within reach of up to eight million UK homes and businesses.
Unlike copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, full fibre networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at lightning speed all the way from the home to the point of connection.
This gives users consistently faster speeds for upload and download (up to 1,000 Mbps), near limitless bandwidth so everyone at home can work, study, stream or game simultaneously, while providing connectivity users can depend on.
Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, pre-register their interest and find out when new ISPs join at https://cityfibre.com/homes.