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CityFibre raises £500m for UK gigabit rollout

Targets ‘one million homes’

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CityFibre has announced an aggressive expansion of its network plans, saying that starting next year it hopes to build out a network covering local authorities, 50,000 businesses, and a million homes.

The company has appointed Macquarie Capital as advisor in the capital raisings that will be needed to create its network. CityFibre said the Macquarie Bank advisory business’ role as advisor to Telstra on its NBN roles as providing the necessary experience to help with its rollout.

“We look forward to bringing our extensive telecoms infrastructure financing experience to CityFibre as it takes the next steps in its development,” said Macquarie Capital’s Bill Kennish.

The CityFibre expansion will cost as much as £500 million on the rollout, which it says will provide gigabit services “in towns and cities throughout the UK.”

The company says it recently completed deployments in York, Ayr and Dundee, and will be working to meet what it believes is unmet demand in other markets. It also hopes that the rollout could create “thousands of new jobs in the UK’s construction and telecommunications industries”.

Along with the build-out, CityFibre will be seeking ISPs to act as its retail partners to craft plans for customers. ®

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