Bury St Edmunds broadband network to be transformed as work begins on £8 million project
Work has begun on an £8 million project to build a full fibre broadband network reaching almost every home and business in Bury St Edmunds.
CityFibre is behind the 'transformational' project which it says will deliver a 'significantly superior and more reliable broadband service, capable of Gigabit speeds' - putting Bury in the top tier of all UK cities for connectivity.
It is part of the network provider's nationwide plan to replace the country’s ageing copper-based networks.
Charles Kitchin, CityFibre’s city manager for Bury St Edmunds, said: “Full fibre connectivity and next generation broadband services will transform the lives of those in Bury St Edmunds.
"This goes far beyond simply helping households access the latest entertainment at lightning speed.
"The benefits are far deeper, from enabling smart home technology to giving people the freedom to work from home with ease.
"As well as enhancing our home lives, CityFibre’s full fibre network will give the town’s business community the platform they need to realise their growth ambitions.
"By connecting properties at up to 1000Mbps we’re putting Bury firmly in the top tier of all UK cities for connectivity and establishing it as a globally competitive digital destination."
Contractor Lite Access is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf and work is underway in Eastgate ward and will move towards Moreton Hall.
CityFibre is working with West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council and communities to 'manage disruption and ensure a fast, successful roll-out'.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, added: “We are delighted with this private investment by CityFibre which came about because of the decision by Suffolk Public Sector Leaders to invest in improving the connectivity between the public sector buildings in Suffolk.
“What this now means is greater private investment to deliver future-proof digital infrastructure for residents and businesses across Bury St Edmunds.
"CityFibre’s full fibre network will be vital, particularly as we look ahead beyond the current coronavirus crisis and to how we re-establish our ways of life, building in, wherever possible, greater resilience and diversity to our economy."
The network is not yet live, but once activated services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers.
Across the UK, CityFibre is working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver next generation broadband services, and TalkTalk is expected to join the network soon.
Residents who are interested in full fibre broadband can pre-register interest with CityFibre to receive information when services are available.
To pre-register interest, visit https://www.cityfibre.com/register/