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How CityFibre’s gigabit-capable broadband network will transform lives in Cambridge

Thought Leadership published by CityFibre, under Clean Tech, Home Area Networks, Innovation / Incubation, Network Infrastructure , Wide Area Networks

We may be a nation suffering from Zoom fatigue, but if the last few months has shown us anything, it is just how important digital connectivity is.

Throughout lockdown, internet access enabled many of us to keep working. However, slow and unreliable internet has made using apps like Skype and Zoom a frustrating experience. It’s something felt across the whole of the UK, where just 15 per cent of premises have access to full fibre internet, considered the gold standard.

As the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, CityFibre is working on a solution – by building game-changing networks in areas including Cambridge.

Powering our ambitions

When you hear fibre being mentioned by providers, they often actually mean connections that are only part fibre. These usually include some copper wiring for the final stretch to your home, a major factor in lagging and dropped connections.

Full fibre is different, using fibre connections for the entire length of the journey. That allows for Gigabit-capable ‘lightning speed’ services and superior reliability.

With the UK’s average broadband speed only 22.37Mbps compared to 55.18Mbps in Sweden, Europe’s top ranked country, there’s clearly work to be done.

The difference full fibre can make

When it comes to business, many companies are struggling with data-heavy tasks and significant server strain, meaning employees are tapping their fingers while waiting for a file to download. Full fibre eliminates that problem.

Beyond increased productivity, full fibre connectivity gives employees the ability to work from home without worrying about their connection, providing vital flexibility and reassurance.

You may have also heard about Smart Cities. With full fibre, cities can implement their own Smart City vision. There are plenty of examples across the globe, from digital tech making parking problems a thing of the past in South Korea’s biggest city to smart waste management trucks on New York’s roads – and the implementation here will be driven by the specific needs of the city. One thing we do know is that it’ll be powered by full fibre.

Adding value to Cambridge

There’ll be a real economic boost over the next 15 years too, according to research we commissioned with Regeneris.

Access to full fibre could unlock £26m in business productivity and innovation, a further £23m could be driven from start-ups and Smart City initiatives could add as much as £59m.

The future isn’t as far away as you may think. Together with our contractors, Lite Access Technologies, we’ve been building across Cambridge since 2019 and many residents and businesses are already making use of their full fibre connection to great effect.

In a period of uncertainty, one thing we know for sure is that connection has never been more valuable – and with full fibre, we can ensure that Cambridge has the connectivity it needs to emerge from this challenging period in a stronger position than ever before.

For more general information or to learn more about CityFibre, visit or follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook @CityFibre #GigabitCambs



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