LONDON – Solihull is gearing up to celebrate a major milestone in its digital transformation as work has been scheduled to begin this April on a new full fibre network which will reach homes and businesses locally.
As part of a £20m private investment from CityFibre, Solihull will benefit from a town-wide full fibre network roll-out, with further expansion coming soon to surrounding villages including Dickens Heath, Bentley Heath, Dorridge and Knowle. This will futureproof the town’s digital connectivity by ensuring its infrastructure can service the speed and bandwidth requirements of both residents and businesses for decades to come.
Construction work will officially commence in the Monkspath area, with the rest of the town set to follow. Callan Connect, who has already been working on behalf of CityFibre on Coventry’s full fibre roll-out, is delivering the construction programme and will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly. The team will be working closely with CityFibre, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and local communities to minimise disruption and ensure a fast and successful roll-out. Meanwhile, residents are being kept informed by mailings ahead of works in their streets.
According to research from economic consultancy Regeneris, full fibre connectivity will have a major impact in Solihull over the next 15 years. It shows that up to £108m could be added to the value of local homes, while Smart City initiatives could add as much as £67m locally. Access to full fibre could also unlock £52m in business productivity and innovation, while a further £23m in growth could be driven from new business start-ups, with enhanced connectivity making it easier and less expensive to set up base and run efficiently.
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