Community Fibre boosts FTTP rollout with Kelly Group
Community Fibre, a London-based ISP, has been rolling out 10Gbps fibre across parts of the capital. The partnership with civil engineering firm Kelly Group will help to deliver their ambitious goal of covering 1 million UK homes and businesses by 2023.
Community Fibre promises access to fast and fairly priced broadband for all Londoners via their dedicated fast fibre network. They also provide free Gigafast coverage to community centres and libraries in the boroughs where they operate.
Currently providing fast internet to 200,000 premises across London, Community Fibre is backed by investors Warburg Pincus and DTCP to the tune of £400m, making them a significant competitor for the likes of Virgin Media and Openreach.
The Community Fibre network currently covers a mix of single occupancy homes, apartment blocks and office buildings offering low-cost packages with speeds between 3Gbps and 10Gbps for business.
Infrastructure build partner
Kelly Group will work together with Community Fibre to expand the current FTTP rollout, creating around 200 highly skilled jobs in local communities. Kelly Group currently runs more than 50 training programmes at its training centre in North London. They'll use this as a base recruit, coach and develop trainees for the rollout. Kelly Group is the leading provider of Network Infrastructure Civil Build in the telecommunication industry.
The civil engineering specialists have already been awarded contracts from Openreach to support what is currently the UK's biggest ultrafast broadband build. This will create an ultra-reliable network across millions of homes and businesses in Sussex from Brighton and Hove in the East to Worthing in the West.
As part of that contract, Kelly Group is responsible for surveying, building and testing the network on behalf of Openreach. The new partnership with Community Fibre will see Kelly Group build out the 100% full-fibre network across London.
Simon Burckhardt, COO of Kelly Group said the firm was delighted to be supporting Community Fibre's rollout strategy and their mission to bring fast and affordable broadband to Londoners.
Burckhardt said Kelly Group was 'particularly excited' to be joining forces with the ISP, commending their excellent product and community values. He said Community Fibre would be at the forefront of upgrading London to a true Gigabit city.
Reducing the digital divide
Burckhardt also praised Community Fibre for 'breaking down the digital divide' and supporting communities in London through the lockdown with free internet connections to some of the city's most vulnerable households. He said Kelly Group were proud to be associated with the Community Fibre brand and was looking forward to a successful partnership.
Graeme Oxby, CEO of Community Fibre said they were thrilled to be partnering with Kelly Group in delivering on their mission to bring faster and more reliable 100% full fibre broadband to communities across the capital.
With a proven track record of delivering quality installation at scale, Oxby praised them as the partner of choice to significantly increase network deployment in the capital.
Community Fibre may not be the only player in London, but the partnership with Kelly Group makes them a force to be reckoned with in the battle to deliver full fibre to the capital.