CityFibre: The Company Bringing Lightning-Fast Full Fibre Broadband To Harrogate and Knaresborough
These Yorkshire towns are set to benefit from a new gigabit network.
CityFibre is a name you might come across more often in Harrogate and Knaresborough. As one of the largest UK-wide digital infrastructure builders, CityFibre is installing a Full Fibre broadband network that will bring gigabit speeds to homes and businesses across these North Yorkshire towns.
This is a game-changer for these areas because Full Fibre is the fastest and most reliable broadband that exists – and CityFibre is one of the only companies doing it here. In fact, even if you think you have Full Fibre, you probably don’t, because although internet providers often use the wording “fibre”, they actually sometimes use copper cables underground, which means you’re really using outdated and less reliable technology.
With CityFibre, “full fibre” really is full fibre; even the cable from the street to your home is fibre, so when you ask for a gigabit connection, you get a gigabit connection. And it’s not just speed. Full fibre broadband is up to five times more reliable than alternatives, there’s no such thing as “peak times” meaning it’s less likely to slow down when lots of people use it at the same time, at any time in the day, which is great news for busy homes with lots of devices trying to use the internet at the same time.
In the UK, we’re now online for an average of 21.5 hours per week. From gaming and streaming to Zoom, home schooling and Teams, it has become an essential part of our lives – and we’re always finding new ways to use it. The latest technology we have now means that you can turn on your dishwasher, control your heating, or even do a load of washing, all through an app, so a good connection is needed to be able to cope with our everyday life requirements.
CityFibre Manager Kim Johnston and Councillor Wallace Sampson
Some of us think of broadband in terms of download speeds, but what do those speeds really mean? With a gigabit connection, you can download a high-definition film in less than a minute, or get a new video game, which can be over 100 gigabytes in size, in just 10 minutes. That’s fast. With CityFibre it’s not just download speeds that are fast, the upload speeds are equally as fast. You can upload photos, files, and videos in the blink of eye.
The Full Fibre infrastructure being put in the ground now will last for generations and help to power growth. They’re future-proofing the North Yorkshire town’s connectivity, which means the cables they lay today will open up a world of opportunities in the future. It’s brilliant news for these areas, it will provide the fast, reliable connection needed to harness new technology and become smart towns.
This is a huge project to bring world-class connectivity to all corners of Harrogate and Knaresborough, connecting businesses and homes alike. Construction work started in Harrogate and Knaresborough last year, with more streets being built every day. The first connected homes in these towns can access the CityFibre network via TalkTalk, with more internet service providers to be announced.
So how do you get it?
CityFibre don’t sell directly to the public, they make their network available to a range of providers like TalkTalk and Vodafone. They have, however, made it easy for you to check if your home is already connected to their network. Their postcode checker will tell you if it’s available, if it’s being installed or if it’s in the pipeline. And if it’s not available yet, you can register your interest to get updates on when it will be.