CityFibre Completes KCOM Acquisition

CityFibre has this afternoon announced it has officially completed the £90million acquisition of national network infrastructure assets of KCOM Group plc, excluding the Hull and East Yorkshire areas. The deal was initially announced on the 14th of December last year.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch has said, “This is a momentous day for UK broadband infrastructure, which has seen no meaningful alternative investment for well over a decade. By combining the unique and highly attractive KCOM network assets with our own, we are well-positioned to tap into future growth in the rapidly evolving UK fibre market.

“With a very significant presence in 36 cities, 21 of which are completely new markets for us, we are now established as a credible alternative to BT Openreach, and the largest independent provider of wholesale fibre infrastructure on a national basis.

“Moreover, the £180.0 million funding package we have closed equips us to push hard on commercialising the acquired assets, which we’ve already begun to do with our first new service provider relationship on the acquired Bristol network. It also funds our continued organic growth trajectory towards our medium term goal of dense network presence in 50 towns and cities, with an estimated addressable footprint of 35,000 public sector sites, 10,000 cell sites, 350,000 businesses, and 5.0 million homes.

“This is an audacious acquisition which elevates us to a much more significant place in the UK network infrastructure arena, and we look forward to continuing to prove out our strategy across a vastly expanded footprint.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine