COVENTRY residents and businesses are a step closer to accessing ultra-fast full fibre broadband.
Network provider CityFibre has now started construction work to extend its infrastructure throughout the city.
The first areas to benefit after the roll-out will be Longford, Upper Stoke and Foleshill.
This latest phase of development is part of CityFibre’s national Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) project to bring full fibre to up to one million UK premises by 2021.
Coventry is among the first cities in the UK to be named as part of the programme in a £60million development.
Residents can access gigabit speed (1000Mbps) internet services.
The start of the new build complements the appointment of Leigh Hunt as Coventry’s city development manager.
He said: “We’re at a really exciting stage of our fibre-to-the-premises roll out in Coventry as the build work gets underway.
“With the advent of high speed, full fibre broadband, residents of Coventry will be able to enjoy and take advantage of a range of possibilities.”
Coventry councillor Richard Brown added: “We are all well aware of the importance of effective communications.
“People buying or renting a new home, and new starter businesses will weigh up a list of factors when considering where to locate, and the quality of digital communications is crucial.
“This will benefit households and will further retain businesses in Coventry.”
A study by economic consultancy Regeneris claims to show the economic impact of full fibre connectivity in Coventry over the next 15 years.
According to researchers, local homes could increase in value by £101million and another £77million could be added through areas such as smart energy networks and intelligent transport systems.