New superfast broadband is available in parts of Swindon as CityFibre completed its first phase rollout.

Neighbours in Stratton, Pinehurst and Moredon are the first to receive the full-fibre technology and the internet services are now live.

Work is continuing around the borough to install more of the high-speed network as part of the company’s £40 million project, which aims to future-proof Swindon by ensuring its network infrastructure is able to properly support its residents and businesses.

This work has led to roadworks being put in place and prompted some grumbling for those affected by the diversions and delays, but CityFibre’s city manager for Swindon says it will be worth the hassle.

Neil Madle said: “We would like to thank residents who have been extremely patient with us as we have built our infrastructure and look forward to offering more people in Swindon the opportunity to connect to our network, unlocking unbeatable homeworking, home learning and digital entertainment experiences.”

Where CityFibre builds its full fibre networks, internet service providers will then light them up to deliver some of the fastest broadband packages available.

In Swindon, residents can now take advantage of full fibre service through Fibrehop, while other providers like TalkTalk and Giganet have announced they will join the network soon.

Once CityFibre has completed the entire build, almost every home and business in Swindon will have access to full fibre broadband. 

Mr Madle added: “We are really pleased to be bringing all the benefits of full fibre connectivity to people across Stratton, Pinehurst and Moredon, and welcome Fibrehop as our first ISP in Swindon.”

Full fibre is currently available to around 25 per cent of UK premises.

Unlike many of the ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, which rely on using partial copper, full fibre networks use entirely fibre optic cables to carry data all the way from the home to the point of connection. 

This gives users consistently faster speeds for upload and download (up to 1,000 Mbps), with near limitless bandwidth so everyone at home can work, study, stream or game simultaneously.