Bournemouth’s £35m digital future revealed

Bournemouth – aka the UK’s Silicon Beach – is known worldwide as an innovator of tech. And now, nearly every home and business in Bournemouth to have access to next-generation broadband thanks to major Gigabit City investment.

It’s all part of a £35million plan reveleaed, as CityFibre replaces copper-based networks with gigabit-capable full fibre connectivity. They say this plan is ‘future-proof’ and will give our residents the UK’s fastest broadband services.

Northampton will also benefit from a rollout that will eventually go nationwide.

CityFibre already owns a substantial full fibre network in the town that reaches approximately 21,000 homes.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said: “At CityFibre we are leading the charge to switch over the UK from the copper wires of the past to the fibre of the future. Full fibre is the only infrastructure fit to power our economy in the digital age.

“With the addition of Bournemouth and Northampton to our previously announced Gigabit City projects, we have now identified more than one million UK homes that will benefit from world-class connectivity. Our roll-outs are gathering momentum and we’re now focusing on selecting the next wave of cities in the programme.”

Neil Blagden, Director of Digital & Commercial Operations at Vodafone UK, said: “Full fibre can help fuel everything from hi-tech businesses to connected classrooms and buffer-free households. It will boost the local economies and improve people’s lives. We look forward to bringing the benefits of Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to residents and businesses in Bournemouth and Northampton later this year.”

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said; “Bournemouth is firmly established as a thriving digital town with a world-leading digital sector. An investment of this size strengthens our position of becoming a first-class, smart and connected digital place supporting the future needs of businesses and residents.

“We shall be working closely with CityFibre to ensure the roll out programme is as smooth as possible and that everyone is kept fully up-to-date with their plans.”

Fact file

To find out more about CityFibre and its Fibre-to-the-Premises roll-out, visit

To register your interest in Vodafone’s Gigafast Broadband services, visit



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