LONDON – Medway is celebrating a major milestone in its digital transformation today as work begins on a full fibre network which will reach almost every home and business locally.
This will see the region benefit from a private investment of £40m, as part of CityFibre's plans to replace the nation's ageing copper-based networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity.
The state-of-the-art infrastructure is expected to boost business productivity and innovation and deliver millions in economic benefit for the region, while giving residents access to the UK’s fastest broadband services.
Construction work has officially commenced in Twydall and Rainham Central with Lanes Infrastructure delivering the construction programme on CityFibre's behalf. Work on the overall project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
CityFibre is working in close partnership with Medway Council to maximise the benefits of the project and will be using modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly and manage potential disruption to residents.
Once activated, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. As Medway becomes the latest part of the UK to join the full fibre revolution, CityFibre has plans to pass up to eight million premises as part of the Gigabit City Investment Programme. Currently, full fibre connectivity is only available to less than 20 per cent of UK properties.