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Written evidence submitted by CityFibre Holdings

 

 

DCMS Select Committee Inquiry: Broadband and the road to 5G

 

  1. Executive Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.1.    Nationwide gigabit-capable connectivity, with the principal focus on full fibre, remains the right ambition

 

 

 

 

 

1.2.    We must sustain the spark of competition to drive rollout in urban cities and towns

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.3.    Government can help extend commercial build to semi-urban and rural areas so nowhere is left behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.4.    To enable rapid, efficient rollout we need to address build barriers and workforce shortages

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.5.    A strategy is needed to help consumers switch to and benefit from full fibre

 

 

 

 

1.6.    In conclusion

 

 

 

 


 

  1. About CityFibre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Nationwide gigabit-capable connectivity, with the principle focus on full fibre, remains the right ambition

 

 

 

 

3.1.    The network technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.    Coverage

 

 

 

 

3.3.    Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Sustain the spark of competition to drive rollout in urban cities and towns

 

4.1.    Why competition?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4.2.    Protect competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.3.    Monitor the impact of overbuild on the nationwide target

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.4.    Duct and Pole Access 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Extend commercial rollout into semi-urban and rural areas to make sure nowhere is left behind

 

 

 

 

 

5.1.    Outside-in programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.2.    Inside-out strategy

 

 

 

5.2.1. Local Full Fibre Networks programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.2.2. Backhaul funding

 

 

 

5.2.3. Safe harbour for co-investment

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Remove build barriers

 

 

6.1.    Wayleaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.2.    Workforce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Enable smooth full fibre adoption to unleash the benefits

 

 

 

7.1.    Enabling consumers to make an informed choice to switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.2.    Enabling smooth switching full fibre

 

 

7.3.    A competitor neutral switchover from copper

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Conclusion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEX 1

 

62 CityFibre announced build locations

 

 

 


 

Barnsley
Bath
Blackpool
Bognor Regis
Bracknell
Brighton & Hove
Bury St Edmunds
Chatham
Cheltenham
Chester
Chichester
Christchurch
Crawley
Dundee
Eastbourne
Gateshead
Gillingham
Glasgow
Gloucester
Halifax
Horsham
Littlehampton
Maidenhead
Middlesbrough
Norwich
Nottingham
Poole
Portsmouth
Preston
Reading
Sheffield
Solihull
Stoke on Trent
Weston-super-Mare
Wolverhampton
Worcester

Aberdeen
Adur & Worthing
Batley
Bournemouth
Bradford
Cambridge
Coventry
Derby
Dewsbury
Doncaster
Edinburgh
Huddersfield
Inverness
Ipswich
Leeds
Leicester
Lowestoft
Milton Keynes
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Northampton
Peterborough
Rotherham
Slough
Southend
Stirling
Swindon