Ground broken on Huddersfield’s Gigabit transformation

Ground broken on Huddersfield’s Gigabit transformation

Ground has been broken on the £30 million full fibre network expansion in Huddersfield which CityFibre says will make the town “one of the most digitally connected” in the world.

Work began this week in Huddersfield town centre to extend its existing full fibre network past almost every home and business locally, enabling both residents and businesses to enjoy unlimited bandwidth and internet speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.

The new project, delivered in partnership with Vodafone, marks a further £30 million investment from CityFibre, providing residents with access to gigabit speed connectivity for the very first time.

By using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s business or home to the internet, rather than aging, capacity-constrained copper cables, users can experience a significantly superior and more reliable broadband service, capable of Gigabit speeds (1000Mbps).

This project is set to enhance Huddersfield’s standing as a globally competitive digital location, transforming the online world at home, increasing productivity and driving economic growth by creating new jobs and enticing further inward investment.

Local Brighouse-based contractor SDH Project Services Ltd has been appointed to deliver the programme on CityFibre’s behalf.

The contractor will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly and efficiently, while CityFibre is committed to working closely with Kirklees Council and local communities to ensure a fast and successful roll-out with minimum disruption to residents.

The project is due to be completed by 2021, while the first connected homes can expect to be enjoying Gigafast broadband services from Vodafone by summer this year.

Steve Moore, CityFibre’s City Development Manager for Huddersfield, said: “Digital investment has the ability to transform businesses and communities. In the year ahead, we want to work with as many organisations as possible to raise awareness of our plans for the town and ensure everyone understands the long-term importance of reliable, ultrafast speed and limitless capacity broadband.”