CityFibre chooses Nottingham for £117 million gigabit city investment
Nottingham is to benefit from an investment of £117m in its digital future, as part of CityFibre’s plans to replace the nation’s legacy networks with gigabit-capable full-fibre connectivity.
The state-of-the-art infrastructure is expected to boost business productivity and innovation and deliver millions of pounds in economic benefits for the city, while giving residents access to the UK’s fastest broadband services.
Detailed planning is already underway as CityFibre designs a network capable of serving Nottingham’s current and future demands. Upon completion, the network will be in reach of nearly every home and business in the town and will provide a platform for a new generation of “smart city” applications and the roll-out of 5G mobile services.
CityFibre has appointed Dominika Walker as City Manager to spearhead delivery of the Nottingham project, which is due to commence in January 2021. In this role, Dominika will be responsible for ensuring the full fibre network is implemented with minimal disruption, while delivering maximum benefit for the wider community.
Dominika said: “I’m delighted to be part of an organisation that is doing everything it can to transform towns and cities across the country. Our digital infrastructure plays a crucial role in growing and protecting local economies, even more so during these unprecedented times when connectivity has proven vital to residents, businesses and public services alike.”
Having worked with CityFibre over the past three years to drive community and stakeholder engagement during its network rollout in Coventry and Southend-on-Sea, Dominika brings valuable experience to the role. She also has an extensive background in IT and communications, which she gained during her experience working with software and supply chain brands in the East Midlands region.
McCann Ltd is delivering the construction programme on CityFibre’s behalf, using modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly. The company is following social distancing protocol to ensure the build team’s safety, as well as that of the general public.