LONDON (Reuters) – CityFibre, a British broadband operator backed by Goldman Sachs (GS.N), mentioned it might spend 2.5 billion kilos ($three.25 billion) on rolling out fibre networks in 37 cities and cities, providing ultra-fast connections to as many as 5 million properties.
The company, which was purchased by Goldman Sachs West Street Infrastructure Partners and personal fairness agency Antin for $750 million earlier this 12 months, is taking up nationwide supplier BT (BT.L), which has confronted criticism for the extent of its personal full-fibre ambitions.
CityFibre mentioned its networks, which provide gigabit speeds, would assist ship one third of the government’s 2025 goal of 15 million properties.
“Our roll out will soon bring to scale an innovative wholesale network, providing internet service providers and mobile network operators with greater choice and unrivalled technical capabilities, benefiting all sectors of the market,” Chief Executive Greg Mesch mentioned on Wednesday.
The company signed a partnership deal final 12 months with Vodafone (VOD.L) to market its networks in 10 cities, together with Edinburgh, Coventry and Leeds.
It mentioned on Wednesday it had recognized one other 27 cities and cities, together with Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester, the place it might roll out full-fibre connectivity.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; enhancing by David Evans