Full fibre broadband rollout to start in Brighton & Hove

Residents, visitors and businesses will soon benefit from faster and more reliable broadband internet.

Work is beginning this month by CityFibre on an £80m rollout of full fibre broadband throughout the city, beginning with Moulsecoomb & Bevendean ward.

This will mean faster and more reliable internet, with connections less prone to slowing down during busy times of the day or when several devices are connected at the same time.

In the last year we have seen our need for good quality internet connections increase with children having to be home schooled during periods of lockdown, more people working from home and connecting with friends and relatives by video.

Supporting our local economy

Council leader Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “It’s great news that the city will soon have access to faster, more reliable internet connection speeds. Known as full fibre, this represents real progress not just for our residents but will play an incredibly important part in supporting the local economy as we plan our recovery from the pandemic. 

“Working with our partners at the Greater Brighton Economic Board, we have been pushing for faster and better internet connection for a number of years and so this is a significant investment. 

“We have also seen in the last 12 months that more people are working from home or have developed new ways of working and we would expect that to continue when the pandemic is over, so this is vital for the backbone of our local economy: small businesses, especially the Digital and IT sectors, both of which are thriving in Brighton & Hove. Of course, there are all the home entertainment reasons this is good news for residents too; streaming films and box sets will be made easier.

“While there may be some disruption during installation, we have been assured by the company installing the technology, CityFibre, that this will be kept to a minimum.

“The benefits of ‘full fibre’ will be important for the city’s economy in both the short and long term and we’re looking forward to working with CityFibre on this exciting rollout.”

More information can be found on the CityFibre webpage