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Full fiber broadband rollout continues in Dewsbury, Birstall and Mirfield

The Roberts family are among the first users to benefit from CityFibre’s full fiber rollout in North Kirklees.

CityFibre has now made the majority of homes in Birstall, Birkenshaw and Thornhill Lees ‘ready to operate’, meaning residents can now choose to connect to fully fiber compatible broadband services.

In North Kirklees, customers can sign up with UK launch partner Vodafone on select Vodafone Pro Broadband plans, with other providers expected to join the network soon.

The rollout is also progressing in new areas, with construction work underway in Mirfield.

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Once the citywide rollout is complete in 2023, nearly every home and business in the region will have access to full fiber optic services from a choice of internet service providers.

Stephen Moore, CityFibre Regional Manager for Kirklees, said: “We are delighted to see more Kirklees residents finally able to access gigabit speed services in previously underserved areas.

“This is key to realizing our digital ambition and future-proofing Kirklees’ digital infrastructure for decades to come.

“Residents and businesses with access to services have the potential to benefit greatly from the improvements.

North Kirklees is one of many locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s £4 billion Gigabit City investment scheme, which will reach eight million homes and businesses across the whole country a new and better broadband infrastructure.

In North Kirklees alone, CityFibre is investing £40 million to make it one of the most digitally connected communities in the world.

Councilor Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “It’s great to see that CityFibre’s all-fibre network is now reaching more homes and businesses in West Yorkshire.

“Large areas of Batley, Birstall, Spen Valley, Dewsbury, Mirfield and other areas have long suffered from low internet speeds which have lagged them behind their neighbours.

“This next-generation, ultra-reliable digital infrastructure is vital to living and working today, so it’s crucial that everyone has the same opportunities and choices that full fiber provides.”

Unlike the copper-based “fiber broadband” services available today, all-fiber networks use 100% fiber optic cables to transport data at lightning speed from home to connection point.

This gives users ever-faster upload and download speeds – up to 1,000 Mbps – nearly unlimited bandwidth so everyone at home can work, study, stream or game simultaneously, while providing connectivity that users can rely on.

The construction is carried out by the Makehappen Group on behalf of CityFibre.

The team uses a range of construction methods while working closely with Kirklees Council and local communities to ensure rapid deployment while managing potential disruptions.

Residents interested in giving a boost to home broadband can visit