29 July 2021:  CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, which is investing over £50 million to transform Wolverhampton into one of the world’s best digitally connected cities, has teamed up with local charity Wolves Tech Aid to donate 10 laptops to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help support their education and tackle the digital divide in Wolverhampton.

The charity was launched in March after it emerged that one in five children in the UK do not have equipment or access to the internet to learn at home. Wolves Tech Aid is now helping young people across the city to learn outside of school, keep track of schoolwork and catch up on the education they have missed during the pandemic.

Bashir Ahmed MBE, CityFibre’s City Manager for Wolverhampton, said: “The last year has really shone a spotlight on the digital divide some of us are experiencing across the country, not least the millions of young people who have had to adapt to home learning. CityFibre’s ambition is to provide the best full fibre connectivity for everyone, so supporting groups like Wolves Tech Aid with device donations directly helps to address digital exclusion in the city.”

Pat McFadden, Founder of Wolves Tech Aid, said: “I’m very grateful to CityFibre for the donation of these laptops. Wolves Tech Aid is all about bridging the digital divide and making sure children are not left behind because of lack of computing equipment. Every laptop donation makes a difference.”

To find out more about Wolves Tech Aid, visit: https://wolvestechaid.com/

Residents interested in finding out more about CityFibre’s rollout in Wolverhampton, can visit www.cityfibre.com/techaid

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Issued on behalf of CityFibre by Weber Shandwick. For more information or images, contact: Scott McLeod at smcleod@webershandwick.com

Notes to Editors:

About CityFibre

CityFibre is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, CityFibre provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators.

CityFibre has network rollouts underway with plans to pass up to 8 million homes and businesses with open-access full fibre infrastructure. A growing number of Gigabit City projects have been announced for full-city rollouts and CityFibre continues to prime its existing network assets for expansion.

CityFibre is based in London and is jointly controlled by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners.

www.cityfibre.com

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