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Prysmian Group supporting CityFibre’s UK full fibre rollout


Full-fibre provider CityFibre, which aims to reach 5m UK homes in more than 37 cities and towns by 2025, has closed a strategic supplier agreement with Prysmian Group. Initially, 1 million homes in 12 UK cities and towns will be provided with Gigabit capable broadband by the end of 2021.

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Carlos Lopez

TELECOM BUSINESS DIRECTOR, PRYSMIAN UK

CityFibre provides a portfolio of active and dark fibre services to its customers, including service integrators, enterprise and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators.

Prysmian is supplying optical cable and connectivity solutions for underground and aerial applications, as part of a multi-million-pound, two-year deal. This will support the London-based firm’s growing rollout of a 1Gb/s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network. The deal is part of the operator’s €2.79bn investment strategy.

CityFibre aims to develop ’Gigabit Cities’, which provide consumers as well as local business, government, health and education sectors with state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, capable of meeting their data connectivity and communication needs for decades to come.

“Given our FTTP ambitions our choice of fibre supplier is critical to us,” explained James Thomas, Director of Supply Chain at CityFibre. “We are focused on establishing a supply chain that can deliver the high-quality materials we need at scale now and for the future of our roll-out. We are delighted to have secured Prysmian, a fibre manufacturer with such a strong reputation, as a strategic supplier for our rollout.”

“We are delighted to have been selected as a supply partner by CityFibre at this pivotal moment in the UK fibre optic cable market,” says Carlos Lopez, Telecom Business Director at Prysmian UK. “Our experience working with customers rolling out full fibre infrastructures around the world means that we have the products and technical expertise to enable us to make positive contribution toward the goals of CityFibre in the UK.”