Getting with the full-fibre programme
Andy Nash, Head of Public sector, City Fibre has 20 years of business development experience in the telecommunications industry. Andy Nash now heads up CityFibre’s Public Sector Team; championing the need to upgrade the UK’s digital infrastructure in order to enhance public services and realise smart city visions. During his time with the company, Andy has been the major bid architect behind multiple Gigabit City launches and established a host of key PSN trading relationships.
In previous roles Andy managed strategic business development for Geo Networks (now Zayo) where he led their largest account. He also worked for Arqiva where he was responsible for establishing long term tower site share and infrastructure contracts with O2, T-Mobile and Orange.
Andy will be speaking on the panel: A step by step approach to building the smart city – from aspiration to action on 25th June at 12:55.
In November 2018, CityFibre – the UK’s largest independent builder of open access full-fibre infrastructure – announced a 2.5-billion-pound funding commitment to serve five million homes by 2025. With our rollout now accelerating, there now exists a valuable window of opportunity for local councils.
Since 2011, we’ve established networks in over 50 UK towns and cities, each designed with enough capacity to support all sectors for generations to come. Together these networks already provide transformational gigabit connectivity to thousands of businesses, schools, surgeries, charities and more.
Delivering connectivity to public sector sites across the country is how many of our largest networks were anchored. In these areas, we’ve continued to work with councils to add extra sites, including those for HD-CCTV and UTC. We’ve also been exploring the full potential of emerging technologies and innovation. This includes a recent IoT trial in partnership with Peterborough City Council and the UK’s largest pilot of 5G-ready small cells, connected across a 15-kilometer network.
A force for change
Over the last few years, we’ve lobbied for policy and funding changes and proved that full-fibre networks can be deployed without driving up consumer prices. We’ve also exposed the inadequacy of the incumbent operator’s aging infrastructure – forcing them to admit that copper has had its day and seeing them formalise plans to switch off copper-based voice services by 2025.
Today, Government, Ofcom and Industry all now agree that full-fibre infrastructure is the only foundation capable of underpinning our future economy, improving public services, realising Smart City visions and enabling our 5G future.
Seizing the opportunity
At the time of writing, twelve FTTP cities have been announced. Eight of these are in-build and first residential gigabit services are already live in Milton Keynes, Aberdeen, Peterborough and Coventry. We won’t be stopping there though! In total, 80-100 towns and cities have been identified as candidates for future investment as we look to bring the benefits of competitive full fibre connectivity services to five million homes and businesses by 2025.
Each network we build will not only drive transformation at a pace and scale never seen before, but any customer site requirement that is included at our design stage – i.e. before construction begins – will enjoy estimated connection-cost savings of 60-80 per cent (compared to adding sites at a later date). Once prebuild to each site is complete, connections themselves can then be set live in as little as five days.
A different mindset is needed to take advantage of this opportunity though because it’s no longer just about the WAN estate. Fibre connectivity plays a central role in future proofing Smart City and IoT solutions delivery too. This means it’s about smart thinking and planning ahead to connect everything from cameras, traffic lights, bus shelters, street signs and lamp posts, to locations that may support future IoT application deployment, such as electric charging bays, community spaces and car parks.
Our rollout is running to a defined schedule though. This means, if you’re a council that wants to unlock this opportunity, it’s important to talk to us as soon as possible.
Visit City Fibre at the Public Sector Solutions Expo at stand D21.