VolkerHighways’ Maidenhead telecoms team welcome Theresa May MP for a guided tour

Earlier this month, representatives from VolkerHighways’ telecoms division and CityFibre welcomed Theresa May MP to the Maidenhead full fibre rollout project. During her visit, Theresa May MP was introduced to the full fibre infrastructure programme, including demonstrations of the typical build process, including excavation and reinstatement, and the data centre.

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Unlike much of the digital infrastructure accessible to households today, full fibre networks use 100 percent fibre optic to carry data at high speed 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), near limitless bandwidth and connectivity users can depend on. 

As the network is completed in each neighbourhood, CityFibre will designate the homes ‘ready for service’, which means residents can choose to connect to full fibre-enabled broadband services when they go live in their area.

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Commenting on the progress of the £14m project, Theresa May, MP for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “I found it incredibly interesting to see behind the scenes of CityFibre’s network and learn about how it will futureproof the area. It’s so important that we invest the time and funding into our digital infrastructure. It will make a huge difference to residents and businesses and make Maidenhead one of the best-connected towns in the UK.”

Neil Madle, area manager for Maidenhead for CityFibre, said: “It was a pleasure to have Theresa May MP join us in Maidenhead and show her the work we have been doing to transform the digital capabilities of the town.

“According to recent Hatch research, in Maidenhead alone, our full fibre network is expected to unlock £146 million in productivity and innovation, as well as deliver a £103 million increase in house value.

It’s really exciting to see the network grow with more addresses going live day by day and we cannot wait to see how the town will benefit in the years to come.”

Mike Dixon, project manager for VolkerHighways, said: “We very much enjoyed Theresa May’s visit to our Maidenhead build. She seemed to enjoy the visit, and it was our pleasure to give our support and have the opportunity to talk to her about our work.”