Village broadband upgrade "worth the short-term disruption"

A SENIOR manager at the company transforming a village’s broadband network told customers short-term pain was a price worth pain for long term gain.

Work by CityFibre to upgrade Swinton’s “digital foundations” with fast, and future-proof full-fibre broadband is underway.

CityFibre said it was investing £31.2 million in bringing the new technology to homes and businesses.

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The work is being carried out by contractor Heneghan & Sons and overseen by CityFibre and Rotherham Borough Council “to ensure any disruption is managed safely and efficiently”.

CityFibre said engineers would “only remain in each area for a few days at a time, and residents will be contacted ahead of any work starting”.

Their project manager, Charles Kitchin, said: “I’m immensely excited and proud to see work getting underway.

“It’s important to remember that any short-term disruption will pay off tremendously in the long-term - once the network’s built, it will serve the community’s connectivity needs for years to come.”

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Full fibre networks use 100 per cent fibre optics to carry data at light speed all the way from the home to the point of connection, giving users speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for upload and

download, near limitless bandwidth and reliable connectivity.   

CItyFibre said a full fibre connection also goes far beyond simply enabling access to the latest entertainment at lightning speed. Full fibre boosts households and businesses, with

experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits, such as making us more productive and innovative. 

When the new network goes live, customers will be able to access full fibre enabled services via a choice of providers.

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