First connections go live this summer
Three has chosen CityFibre to provide its backhaul 5G connectivity outside London to support its 5G rollout.
CityFibre will provide backhaul connectivity to Three’s cell sites across its Gigabit City projects, which include Stirling and Leeds, among other places.
The first connections will go live in the summer. Three will launch mobile 5G at the end of February, with its large spectrum holdings underpinned by CityFibre’s fibre connectivity.
CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “This is a huge vote of confidence in CityFibre from a national mobile operator with big plans for 5G. Three’s decision to leverage our rapidly expanding networks nationwide shows the critical role full fibre infrastructure has to underpin 5G rollouts and reinforces CityFibre’s position as the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform.
“Our networks have been designed to support both the technology and insatiable demand for data throughput required to power 5G networks and services. This deal will not only help accelerate 5G coverage throughout the UK, but also further accelerate our rollout of full fibre coverage nationwide.”
Three UK CEO Dave Dyson added: “A competitive fibre backhaul market is critical for the fast and efficient rollout of 5G. CityFibre is aggressively rolling out fibre across Britain and our strategic partnership with them will use the UK’s largest 5G spectrum portfolio to deliver the fastest 5G network nationwide.”
CityFibre is investing £4 billion into deploying gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband to around one million UK premises by the end of 2021, before rising to eight million by the end of 2025.