L-R: Jason Legget, city manager at CityFibre, Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough and Mike Carlin, CEO of Map Group (UK).
Jane Imrie

Middlesbrough steps closer to 'digital city' vision with £42m full fibre infrastructure

Businesses across Tees Valley are set to benefit from a new multi-million pound broadband infrastructure.

CityFibre has announced plans to invest over £42m in replacing the town’s copper networks with gigabit-capable full fibre optic connectivity.

The infrastructure is expected to boost business productivity and innovation, with the potential to deliver millions of pounds in economic benefits for Middlesbrough as well as help the region to recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Stockton-based MAP Group (UK) is constructing the network on behalf of CityFibre, utilising existing underground and overground infrastructure where possible.

Jason Legget, city manager at CityFibre, commented: “Our network build is already progressing well in Newcastle, so it’s exciting to now look to our £42m Middlesbrough Full Fibre investment.

“We are working in close partnership with Middlesbrough Council to transform the town’s digital infrastructure, ensuring that the digital needs of those working and living in the town are met now, and in the future.”

Mike Carlin, CEO at MAP Group (UK) added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and CityFibre’s commitment to delivering the latest in full fibre technology to the town of Middlesbrough is both commendable and exciting.

“The scheme, along with similar projects across the UK, will transform communities - gearing them up for the future of connectivity in order to attract businesses, visitors and improve the lives of residents.” The project forms part of a wider plan to transform the town into a ‘digital city’, which includes the creation of a central tech campus as well as a series of office and residential buildings.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston added: “Despite Covid, aspects of Middlesbrough are booming, and in 18 months’ time the incredible broadband speeds that CityFibre is bringing will help us to create more business and more jobs.

“We welcome CityFibre’s investment in our town as it furthers our aim of providing a future-proofed full fibre digital infrastructure and a greater choice for the people of Middlesbrough.”

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