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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 (4:53 pm) - Score 375
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CityFibre has today begun canvassing businesses in the city of Peterborough (East of England), with the hope that they will want to join its new “Gig Up” campaign by registering their interest in connecting via the new urban fibre optic network (aka – Peterborough CORE).

The £30 million strategic partnership with Peterborough City Council was formally agreed in November last year (here). CityFibre expects to begin building the new network in April 2014 and it will then take 12 months to complete.

But it’s also important for CityFibre to make a business case for the service and to focus their deployment upon areas where the demand is strongest, which means encouraging local firms to register their interest at http://www.peterboroughCORE.com.

Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said:

Peterborough is the fastest growing city in the country and this investment will put us at the forefront of the UK’s digital economy. We have seen one of the highest increases in the number of jobs created in the private sector anywhere in the UK and this pure fibre network will help us to continue to build on this by attracting new companies, particularly from the technology sector, and allowing businesses of all sizes to utilise the internet for growth. Peterborough will now have one of the country’s best digital infrastructures and this should be seen as one of the most significant investments in the city’s history.”

It’s worth pointing out that the new network will also focus upon connecting public services and could eventually expand out to reach residential homes, although CityFibre has often appeared to struggle with the latter and thus we don’t expect this to happen anytime soon.

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  1. Avatar New_Londoner says:

    City Fibre seems to have received a massive subsidy from the council which has committed to use the network. Presumably there was some sort of procurement exercise, state aid approval etc?

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