CityFibre has announced a minimum of £45 million private investment to bring a digital infrastructure platform to Derby – but what does that mean for residents?

Right now, having good connectivity has never been as important. The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us that staying in touch is vital, whether for work, schooling, buying essential supplies or talking to family and friends. Our lives almost fully moved online.

Sadly, most connections to homes and businesses in the UK rely on copper wire in the last part of an internet network.  This cannot withstand our current and growing demands, especially when we want to do more, faster and with greater reliability.

Welcome to CityFibre – the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform in the UK, delivering a future-proof, full fibre network that is capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1,000Mbps). That’s approximately 40 times faster than current ‘superfast’ broadband networks!

Over the next four to five years, CityFibre’s plans are set to transform connectivity in Derby. Construction has already started in parts of Mackworth, Abbey, Darley, Littleover and Arboretum, and further wards, such as Mickleover and Allestree, are set to follow on later this year.

In addition, every  council house in Derby is also having full fibre installed, making more than 13,000 tenants some of the first to be able to access the gigabit-speed connectivity – thanks to a partnership between CityFibre, Derby Homes and Derby City Council.

But it is not just about giving residents better broadband services. It goes way beyond that. This new digital infrastructure will make the city more innovative, more productive and more attractive to inward investors. It will also provide job opportunities for local residents and a real digital boost to the economy.

As the network is rolled out, it is inevitable that there will be some disruption but CityFibre is working with its construction partner, McCann and Derby City Council to minimise this.

In advance of any planned works, CityFibre carries out extensive communications to residents, including leaflet dropping, social media advertising and further noticing. So, if at any point of the build, residents would like to learn more or speak to the CityFibre team, they can easily do so via multiple channels. Information is also provided to local ward councillors and neighbourhood managers, and a key point of contact at CityFibre is provided at every stage.

Typically, residents can expect work outside of their property to last between two and three days.

Once the network is in place, residents will be able to access services through an ISP (Internet Service Provider) partner who will market and sell the gigabit-capable services over the CityFibre network.

To be one of the first to connect to this new network, residents can pre-register their interest at cityfibre.com/register.

Businesses can also register their interest on cityfibre.com/business

For more information about CityFibre projects, please go to cityfibre.com/gigabit-cities