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Welcome to your flexible fibre future in Sunderland.

Do you know about Sunderland’s exciting plans to futureproof all major schemes by installing ducting to enable an extensive fibre network across the city?

It’s a very exciting time for our smart city as we continue on our digital transformation journey – and you can be part of it. As well as installing our own open access fibre ducting, we can also install ducting on behalf of providers as part of our main schemes.

As we endeavour to provide a fast and flexible solution delivering next generation connectivity to commercial and residential premises across Sunderland, we invite providers to be part of our future success.

To find out more about bringing your fibre to Sunderland, contact Ken Heads, Infrastructure and Commercial Manager at, or Graeme Hills, Highways Operations Manager at


By modernising our networks and infrastructure, we continue to expand our digital capabilities as a smart city and urban centre of the future.

To make this digital transition feasible for homes and businesses across the city, we will continue to adopt a strategic approach to meet our ambitious vision and City Plan. This approach is led in collaboration with our key partners CityFibre, Netomnia and Virgin Media O2.*


Sunderland will benefit from next generation full fibre broadband as part of CityFibre’s national fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) roll-out. The project will see a private investment from CityFibre of at least £62m, bringing transformational gigabit-speed internet connectivity within reach of nearly every home and business in the city.

Have a look at this short video to find out how CityFibre build their full fibre network and if you’d like to know more about how full fibre gets to your home, this video will explain more. One day everyone will have full fibre. If you want to be one of the first to have full fibre in your home, sign up for more information and to receive updates from CityFibre.

Download CityFibre’s stakeholder brochure here and explore Sunderland’s gigabit city journey so far, as well as a complete guide to what full fibre means for Sunderland’s residents and businesses.


Netomnia’s mission is to modernise full-fibre infrastructure deployment across the UK. Combining agility and innovation Netomnia brings ultrafast broadband to under-served towns and cities across the country.

Founded in 2019, Netomnia is investing to rapidly build a high-quality gigabit-ready network for UK homes and businesses. In partnership with major UK construction companies, Netomnia is already working to connect 15 towns and cities, previously forgotten by other operators .

The current rollout includes Canterbury, Cheltenham, Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Shiney Row, Durham and Wisbech to name a few. Netomnia has passed more than 60,000 premises and is committed to help level the digital playing field by providing access to truly fast and affordable digital connectivity to as many UK residents and business as possible.

Netomnia makes wholesale connectivity available to service providers, including YouFibre, which has been delivering the UK’s fastest broadband packages of up to 10 Gbps to customers, with standard prices starting from only £20 per month.

Click here to find out more about Netomnia’s investment in a new open Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) infrastructure across the United Kingdom.

Virgin Media O2

Virgin Media O2 is the UK’s fastest widely available broadband provider and has around 80,000 homes and businesses connected to its network in Sunderland. Since 2015, through its Project Lightning network expansion programme, the business has invested over £9 million to expand its network to reach 15,000 additional premises in the town, with plans to continue to expand over the next few years.

As well as expanding to more homes and businesses, earlier this year Virgin Media O2 switched on its next-generation gigabit broadband services in Sunderland – delivering speeds 22 times faster than regional average. With average download speeds of 1,130Mbps, residents can stream 4K box sets, download video games, join video calls, and upload files – all seamlessly and without interruption.

Click here to find out more.


*All information provided has been sourced and verified by the partners listed on this page and was correct at the time of publication. 

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