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Work to bring full fibre connectivity within reach of almost every home and business in Whittlesey is underway.

CityFibre has begun construction of the £3m town-wide full fibre network.

It is being delivered by Granemore Group on behalf of CityFibre.

“The team will use a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Fenland District Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while managing potential disruption,” said a CityFibre spokesperson.

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“Each area will usually take a few weeks to complete, however, construction teams will typically only be outside each home for two to three days and CityFibre will be in touch by post ahead of any work starting.”

CityFibre has already spent £35m in Peterborough, where more than 67,000 homes – about 85% of the city’s residential properties – can access full fibre internet services from a range of providers.

The rollout is also underway in Yaxley and March.

The overall project in Whittlesey is expected to reach completion next year but the first services will go live much sooner.

As the network is completed in each neighbourhood, CityFibre say they will designate the homes ‘ready for service’, which means residents can choose to connect to full fibre-enabled broadband services when they go live in their area.

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In Whittlesey, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. Across the UK, CityFibre is already working with launch partner Vodafone to supply full fibre infrastructure for customers on selected Vodafone Pro Broadband plans as well as TalkTalk, Giganet, IDNet, Zen and other providers. More are expected to join the network soon.

Full fibre networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at light speed all the way from the home to the point of connection. This gives users speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for upload and download, near limitless bandwidth and connectivity users can depend on.

A full fibre connection also goes far beyond simply enabling access to the latest entertainment at lightning speed. As an essential digital utility, full fibre boosts households and businesses alike, with experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits.

innovation in Fenland, at a time when our district is benefitting from new developments as a result of government investment.”

Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, said: “I’m delighted that CityFibre is extending its footprint in Fenland and investing another £3million to bring its gigabit-speed full fibre network to Whittlesey.

“Access to good broadband connectivity plays a major role in boosting local economies, stimulating growth and supporting new services, and will give residents and businesses confidence in the town’s digital capabilities for decades to come.”

Residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build and register their interest.

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