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Sunderland goes full-fibre


United Living Group, the provider of infrastructure, housing and property services, has been awarded a £30m contract by CityFibre as part of a programme to roll out its full fibre network across the city of Sunderland.

A full fibre network in Sunderland is expected to transform the city, delivering key benefits to local businesses, including enhanced cloud storage for business-critical data, more effective videoconferencing, and allowing colleagues to work effectively in an ever-digitalising economy. United Living will also hire local contractors to perform key services necessary to complete the project, helping to build sustainable partnerships locally.

The works will see United Living lay fibre cable across the city, starting in the Hendon and Southwick wards, and complete aerial works in the area. The next areas earmarked for the rollout include Ryhope, Millfield and St. Michael’s wards. Once the city-wide rollout reaches completion in 2025, almost every home and business locally will have access to full-fibre services from a choice of internet service providers including Vodafone, TalkTalk, and Zen, with other providers expected to join the network soon.

Conor Bray, chief operating officer, United Living Group said: “We have been working with customers in the North East since 2005, maintaining the critical infrastructure and providing local jobs, so we are delighted to be part of this ongoing project to help increase productivity, innovation, and opportunities for the people of Sunderland through CityFibre’s full fibre rollout. We know how important it is for individuals to have access to fast and reliable broadband services in an ever more digital world, and we look forward to everyone experiencing the benefits.”

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