CityFibre have started their £23mn investment in Crawley laying fibre optic cabling across the Town. Their programme will see fibre installed in all residential neighbourhoods, Manor Royal and the Town Centre and is expected to take several years to complete.
They have an excellent customer service approach and will be doing their best to limit any inconvenience to residents during the installation of the fibre network. When they can they will use existing ducting or poles in order to minimise unnecessary inconvenience to residents. And there will be plenty of information available including contact numbers, leaflets to all affected households in advance and a website.
Work has started in Langley Green and will gradually continue across all neighbourhoods.
It is important that Crawley is one of the first Towns in the region to get the full gigabit fibre installation and we have worked hard at the Town Hall to ensure that Crawley is at the top of the list. Our Manor Royal Business District and Town Centre are at the economic heart of the whole region and gigabit internet speeds are needed by business to remain competitive and to gain the competitive advantage that higher speeds and network capacity will bring. Similarly, as we all get used to working from home more and increasing internet speed demands on our home networks, having gigabit speeds in your home will not just improve your entertainment options but open up opportunities for home working and new business opportunities.
Costs of the service are not yet available but should be competitive with existing (slower) offers.
Details of the CityFibre project can be found here.
We have also contributed to the WSCC gigabit project
Update: Since I first wrote this piece the BBC have released news that the Government is going to miss its promised target of delivering Ultrafast Broadband to 85% of the population – BBC Article. This reinforces the merit of the action that we have taken in Crawley to secure Ultrafast (Gigabit fibre) broadband access for Crawley residents and businesses.
Cllr Peter Smith
Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development