Pure fibre providers CityFibre and Gigaclear have formed a strategic partnership which the pair claim will ‘help to dramatically accelerate the rollout of next generation ultrafast internet access to hundreds of thousands of rural homes and businesses across the UK’.
As per the agreement, CityFibre’s extensive metro fibre networks in over 37 towns and cities and over 1,100km of long distance network will be used to facilitate and accelerate Gigaclear’s deployment of rural pure fibre networks. Further, CityFibre’s long distance network will provide a new backhaul option for future Gigaclear deployments while its metro networks and POP facilities will allow connectivity to nearby rural areas. Underpinning the deal, both operators are said to have raised ‘substantial’ new investment in recent months from a wide range of investors, arguing that this demonstrates the market’s confidence in the need for alternative network infrastructure providers to deploy fit for purpose connectivity to public and private sectors and consumers.
Gigaclear’s CEO Matthew Hare said of the tie-up: ‘Bringing brilliant broadband to rural Britain has its challenges. This partnership with CityFibre gives Gigaclear access to more capacity, faster delivery and more flexible bandwidth across the country. It helps us build Gigabit networks where other operators do not reach, to meet the demand for better broadband from homes and businesses.’