Chester will benefit from next generation full fibre broadband as part of CityFibre’s national fibre-tothe- premises (FTTP) roll-out. With the rapid growth of data consumption putting increasing pressure on the country’s
Victorian-age copper infrastructure, public sector organisations, businesses and residents are becoming more frustrated with slow, unreliable internet connections hampering their ability to thrive in the information age.
Thankfully, with the birth of the Gigabit City movement, Chester has now joined the ranks of some of the best digitally connected cities in the world. Now Chester is set to benefit from a substantial city-wide full fibre roll-out. The project will see a private investment from CityFibre of at least £23m, bringing transformational gigabit-speed internet connectivity within reach of nearly every home and business in the city.
Chester was chosen because it is a thriving and dynamic, city, steeped in history from the Roman times, when Chester was the capital city of England, to the rise of the Tudor dynasty from its Welsh borders, Chester has always retained its dominance as a key city in the UK. Known as the ‘famous walled city’, Chester is home to iconic covered walkways, one of the largest amphitheatres in the UK, and the best surviving Roman fortress wall in Northern Europe. The city holds plenty to offer both for tourists and those who live there, with is so much culture and entertainment to be enjoyed, combined with a top-class university and excellent job prospects, all of which makes Chester a prime Gigabit City.
We are in the early stages of the project, services are not yet live but once our new fibre network is activated, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers.
With a new, independent, city-wide full fibre infrastructure, Chester will be able to enhance its standing as a globally competitive digital city; transforming the online world at home, increasing productivity, sparking innovation and driving economic growth by creating new jobs, attracting start-ups and enticing further inward investment.
“ CityFibre’s new investment in Chester is testament to the City’s role as a driving force in our Borough’s economy. It comes at a time when the Council is particularly focused on economic recovery and when connectivity has never been more important, both for businesses and residents. Alongside our own regeneration schemes such as the Heritage Action Zone on The Rows, the new Northgate Development, and our ambition plans for the area around Chester train station, this investment from CityFibre shows confidence in our City and will help secure Chester’s position as a place that is resilient and looking to the future.”
Cllr Richard Beacham
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth