EE and Three sign fibre agreement with CityFibre


Agreement sees dark fibre utilised at operators’ sites to improve performance, capacity and drive down costs

EE and Three have signed a deal with fibre optic infrastructure provider, CityFibre, to deploy fibre connections at their masts to improve their performance.

The deal has been agreed though the operators’ infrastructure joint-venture, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd, which was agreed in February this year.

The agreement, the first of its kind in the UK, will see CityFibre deploy dark fibre backhaul connections to mobile masts which will improve performance and capacity, as well as improve long-term cost efficiency.

The first project is already underway in Kingston-upon-Hull and is part of a wider CityFibre’s “Well-Planned City” strategy that will makes its shared fibre infrastructure available to multiple service providers. The company also has agreement in place with Sky and TalkTalk for a joint fibre rollout in York.

“Mobile operators are amongst the largest providers of connectivity services for data hungry UK consumers,” said CityFibre chief executive officer Greg Mesch.

“Between them, EE and Three carry about 75 per cent of the data used by UK mobile users, so we are thrilled to announce this market-leading partnership. This framework illustrates a valuable new segment in CityFibre’s Gigabit City model for ubiquitous fibre connectivity.”