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Press Release -- March 7th, 2022
Source: cityfibre, stl-private

CityFibre partners with STL to support rapid nationwide network rollout

March 4 2022, London: CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre platform, has signed a strategic multi-year, multi-million-pound deal with STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks. The partnership will see STL supply CityFibre with high fibre count Celesta Intelligently Bonded Ribbon [IBR] Cables with StellarTM bend-insensitive fibre and ribbon optimised joint enclosures.

CityFibre is on track with its £4bn investment programme to reach up to 8 million homes by 2025 – approximately one third of the UK market. It is also in discussions with the Government to explore opportunities to support BDUK’s Project Gigabit programme to bring Full Fibre to rural communities across the country.

More than one million homes are already able to receive Full Fibre broadband from CityFibre, with 26 construction companies mobilised and in build across over 63 towns and cities. By the end of 2022, CityFibre plans to have builds underway across more than 150 cities, towns and villages before expanding to 285 by 2025. STL’s sustainably produced and high-capacity IBR ribbon cable solution will deliver nearly 25% faster installations and contribute to CityFibre’s aggressive build-out plans as this programme continues to scale.

In addition to accelerating its rollout, CityFibre is increasingly the network of choice for many consumer ISPs thanks to its superior products and attractive wholesale pricing. It has secured long-term commitments from Vodafone, TalkTalk and Zen, and has attracted an exciting new generation of regional Full Fibre ISPs to the market.

For the past two decades, STL has been transforming billions of lives through digital networks across Europe and the UK. Recently, it acquired Clearcomm to augment its deployment and management capabilities and IDS for enabling data centre connectivity.

James Thomas, Director of Supply Chain at CityFibre, commented: “In such a competitive market for high class partners, we are delighted to have formed this partnership with STL. Working together we will secure the technology and supplies CityFibre needs to achieve its ambitious targets. STL’s IBR cabling technology and other supplies will play a key role in accelerating our build in more locations this year and beyond.”

Paul Atkinson, CEO, Optical Networking Business, STL said, “Our integrated optical connectivity solution with optical fibre, cable and interconnect products, will help CityFibre achieve accelerated network rollout with high scalability and agility, while keeping the overall costs low. We are confident that a combination of optical technologies and interconnect can change the game for FTTx at an industry level with superfast deployment, provisioning and enhanced network performance.”


Issued on behalf of CityFibre by Weber Shandwick.

Contact: Dyan Owen


Phone: +447738 086818

About CityFibre:

CityFibre is the UK’s largest independent Full Fibre infrastructure platform. We provide digital infrastructure that enables our wholesale customers to provide ultra-fast, reliable and futureproof broadband, ethernet and 5G services to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, GPs surgeries and anything else that needs connecting.

We have a £4bn Full Fibre network rollout programme underway which is on track to serve up to a third of the UK by 2025; that’s 8m homes, 800k businesses, 400k local authority sites and 250k 5G access points. We’ve already announced 285 cities, towns and villages which will receive a transformational digital upgrade as part of our nationwide rollout.

As the nation’s only 100% Full Fibre wholesale network, CityFibre is trusted by major Internet Service Providers and mobile operators including TalkTalk, Three, Vodafone and Zen as we are actively supporting a new generation of smaller regional ISPs dedicated to delivering Full Fibre Broadband.

CityFibre is based in London and is owned by Antin Infrastructure Partners, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Mubadala Investment Company and Interogo Holding.

About STL – Sterlite Technologies Ltd:

STL is a leading integrator of digital networks providing all-in 5G solutions.

Our capabilities across wireless connectivity, optical networking, software, and services, place us amongst the top 5G RAN vendors by Gartner. These capabilities are built on open-source and converged architectures helping telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks, and large enterprises deliver next-gen experiences to their customers. STL partners with service providers globally in achieving a green and sustainable digital future in alignment with UN SDG goals.

STL has a strong global presence in India, Italy, the UK, the US, China, and Brazil. Read more, Contact us.

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