CityFibre has committed at least £31m to transform Gloucester’s digital experience, promising to deliver the fastest broadband services to nearly every home and business in the city.
With work beginning in January 2021, CityFibre plans to upgrade Gloucester’s legacy networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity – which is expected to give the city an economic boost; advance business innovation; and improve digital connectivity in residents’ homes.
The full fibre network will enable new ‘smart city’ applications, as well as the introduction of 5G mobile services, creating a digital infrastructure that will meet Gloucester’s needs, now and in years to come.
The project coincides with the multimillion-pound regeneration of Kings Quarter and the development of The Forum, Gloucester’s new digital campus which is set to become one of largest digital quarters in the UK.
Neil Madle, CityFibre’s city manager for the Gloucester project, says: ‘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.
‘This is exactly why investment in digital infrastructure is so important today.’
CityFibre is working closely with Kier Group to deliver the construction programme with minimal disruption to the city, as well as Gloucester City Council and local communities to roll out the services as fast as possible. Residents will be kept informed by mail ahead of work starting in their streets.