Virgin Media has already spoken about extending its full-fibre network to another 7 million premises in the coming years, meanwhile, Openreach hopes to reach 25 million premises by 2026. Provided these companies all manage to stick with their proposed timelines, CityFibre is on course to become the third-largest supplier of full-fibre broadband in the country. And, should Openreach slow down its expansion into the future-proofed internet connections, it could find itself in a silver medal position in the coming years.
As millions of us continue to work and study at home, broadband speeds are becoming critical. While the average broadband speed across the UK has slowly risen over the years – hitting some 80Mbps this year – the country still lags behind neighbours in mainland Europe and other parts of the world.
Gigabit-capable connections can reach speeds of 1,000Mbps or higher. While the latter might be a bit overkill for most people at the moment, these will be a necessity as new technologies, like 8K video streaming, Virtual Reality games, and more, become mainstream.
Busy households with multiple people streaming video, backing-up their data to the cloud, downloading video games or operating system updates, making video calls, streaming music …or multiple smart home gadgets, including Alexa and other smart speakers, home security and video doorbells, will need much, much more bandwidth than the 80Mbps experienced by most people across the UK right now.
Gigabit-capable cables will ensure homes across the country are able to increase their demands in line with their demands, something older copper cables, which are also more prone to be impacted by bad weather, cannot provide.
CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “We’re going faster than we ever have … We were able to build quicker because the pandemic had everybody off the roads – or at least out of the way. And unlike BT and unlike Virgin, we didn’t stop. We remobilised, we recommitted, we went stronger.”
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