CityFibre has launched the first phase of a £2.5bn construction framework to connect five million UK homes to high-speed internet by 2025.
The deal will see homes and businesses in 50 towns and cities connected during the next seven years, with the framework aimed at firms that can work across multiple urban projects.
Winning firms will install 50,000 km of cable and construct 150 buildings to house the network equipment. At its peak the project is expected to connect 125,000 homes a month.
Slots available on the framework will include full-city work packages, which CityFibre says will “provide certainty and stability to construction partners with opportunities for committed work over several years”.
The infrastructure provider described the framework as one of the UK’s biggest single investments in digital infrastructure.
CityFibre operations director John Franklin said: “Our roll-out is already under way, its first phase anchored by our strategic partnership with Vodafone.
“This represents a huge opportunity for contractors looking for long-term, stable committed projects and diversity from BT Openreach and Virgin Media.
“We look forward to working with partners who are ready to deliver a new generation of digital infrastructure across the country.”