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Businesses Show Interest in CityFibre’s Fibre Optic Plan for Peterborough

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 (11:26 am) - Score 1,171
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CityFibre’s “Gig Up” campaign, which has been working to drum up business support for their £30m strategic partnership with Peterborough City Council to roll-out a new 1000Mbps fibre optic network in the area, has heralded its efforts as a success after attracting interest from 100+ firms within the first week.

Work on the new Peterborough CORE network is due to begin in April 2014 and it will then take 12 months to complete. But the network won’t only serve public sector organisations and CityFibre are also working to attract interest from businesses, which could help to shape a more demand focused deployment.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

We are delighted by the strength of the response, though not entirely surprised. We have had excellent feedback from businesses in Peterborough since announcing our investment at the end of last year, and the impression that we get, reinforced by the number already registered, is that they fully recognise the considerable and positive impact that ultra-fast services delivered through the new fibre network will have on their operations.”

It’s good to see CityFibre attracting interest from local firms, although converting such support into paying customers can be an altogether more challenging experience.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Phil says:

    Good for them. It’s far better than BT as it all BT loss afterall. Hopefully the Gigabit will be future proof for all UK once for all. Forget BT for now.

    1. Avatar Gadget says:

      I await the ability for residential customers to enjoy the service as well

  2. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

    BT can look forward to losing more line rental, more pairs of copper left laying in the ground, unlikely to ever be used again.

    1. Avatar DTMark says:

      That would be the case with the residentials. Another dynamic here however is that given that Virgin’s network was originally laid for residential service and is not so commonly available to businesses and business parks, businesses have historically had little choice but to contract BT to build them a bespoke solution e.g. leased line at very high costs as BT exploit their monopoly position.

      Take that away by putting in a modern network to which businesses may connect at low cost and probably in a shorter timescale, and that’s a significant revenue loss.

  3. Avatar Chris Conder says:

    Bet BT move into the area with massive marketing campaign and start to roll out masses of crappy copper cabs. Competition they don’t like… watch out Peterborough, you will soon have choice. Choose wisely. Cityfibre will provide a futureproof solution, BT cabs are a stop gap quick cheap fix for those near the cabs, leaving many out cold. Yes, choose wisely…

    1. Avatar Gadget says:

      Chris – digging a little deeper this is aimed at businesses not residential and the website http://peterboroughcore.com/ suggests that the pricing is also.
      So perhaps there is still no choice however “wisely” you might advocate choosing!

    2. Avatar DTMark says:

      Businesses may be left with a choice of either carrying on with BT or moving to CityFibre.

      The businesses moaning about being on the end of an ADSL line with no upstream capability and not much better downstream who display the commonly seen apathy “well, BT does all the broadband, there’s no point changing” will probably stay where they are.

      The businesses for whom IT is critical and who spend a fortune with BT on leased lines, however, who are a bit more tech savvy will probably make an informed choice about what’s best for their needs.

    3. Avatar George says:

      “Businesses may be left with a choice of either carrying on with BT or moving to CityFibre.”

      That is not really a choice unless you prefer to drive a Sinclair C5 over a Modern electric vehicle.

  4. Avatar Phil says:

    I agree with all these comments above. What’s annoying me is that every times a new houses / apartments / flats is built – BT just put old cabinet with old fashion copper wiring under the ground. Cos, BT cannot be arse bother to put fibre under the ground for FTTP/FTTH. They won’t do it.

    1. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

      Some of the time due to the local layout of BT underground cables, which maybe already at full capacity, they are in a position of having customers but no underground cable capacity.

      As happened locally when they knocked a school down and built 35 houses on the site. Good foreward planning, so you can have a new house but no landline until they lay some new copper from the exchange.

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