Preston residents can access full-fibre broadband following £90m digital investment

Posted on - 16th September, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment
The scheme upgrades existing broadband connections Pic: Sean McEntee
Pic: Sean McEntee

A new £90m infrastructure investment will see Preston residents gain access to full-fibre internet.

On 8 September, full-fibre giants CityFibre and internet provider Yayzi announced a digital infrastructure agreement offering reliable, Gigabit speed broadband services across Preston and Blackpool.

Yayzi is the latest provider to join CityFibre’s £4 billion Gigabit City Investment Programme and open-access networks offering.

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Preston and Blackpool are two of the first locations to access Yayzi’s services, and with speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, customers will go live in Preston in September 2021 and Blackpool in January 2022.

Steve Thorpe, City Manager at CityFibre, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Yayzi onto our network and greatly look forward to supporting their exciting Gigabit-speed home broadband service.

“Their ambition and quality services make them a perfect partner, and we are excited about helping homes and businesses take advantage of the huge benefits that it has to offer.”

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The broadband service is amongst the fastest available and will provide customers with download and upload speeds of up to 1Gbps of bandwidth.

It is expected to transform the internet capabilities of the city, providing ample bandwidth to unlock the potential of all home devices and provide a platform for smart home applications.

Delivered over CityFibre’s Full Fibre network, the service is running as part of a £90m private investment that will bring next-generation digital connectivity to almost every person and business in Blackpool and Preston.

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CityFibre commenced construction of the network in Blackpool in April and Preston in May, with both networks planned for completion in 2024.

Liam Mulryan, CEO at Yayzi, said: “Access to quality broadband has never been so important, so we’re really excited to be partnering with CityFibre to bring full-fibre enabled services to Blackpool, Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Bispham, Poulton-le-Fylde and Preston for the first time.

“This is about so much more than faster internet. It is about futureproof connectivity that can manage the data demands of today and tomorrow.

“A major factor here is bandwidth, and through Yayzi, local internet users will be able to enjoy the same speeds for upload and download, which means a better experience all around.”

More information on the CityFibre scheme can be found on the CityFibre website.

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