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CityFibre Brings 1Gbps Broadband to PSN in Kirklees (West Yorkshire)

Monday, August 11th, 2014 (1:38 pm) - Score 788

Fibre optic infrastructure builder CityFibre, which now has close to £50m of investment ready for use in various cities and towns across the United Kingdom, have reached a new agreement with Easynet (formerly MDNX) that will allow them to “significantly” upgrade the operators Public Service Network (PSN) in the metropolitan borough of Kirkless.

As part of the agreement, CityFibre will supply dark fibre connectivity into Easynet’s PSN network and this should provide Easynet, a UK Government approved and accredited PSN and G-Cloud supplier, with the ability to offer its public sector customers “limitless capacity at a competitive price“; as well as the ability to ‘tune up’ bandwidth over time.

Unfortunately at this stage there’s no mention of CityFibre also being able to expand the network’s availability out to local businesses and homes, much like they’ve done in York and plan to do elsewhere. But the opportunity is clearly there for the future.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

Thanks to our partnership with Easynet, CityFibre is now approved as a supplier to Easynet for the Government’s PSN framework. Our city-wide pure fibre solutions are now available to local authorities throughout the UK.

In a digital age, we must ensure that our towns and cities are furnished with a next generation and future-proof digital infrastructure supporting the public and private sectors. Our partnership with Easynet is an exciting opportunity for local authorities up and down the country to make the most of the PSN.”

As a result of today’s announcement cities and towns like Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley will also soon get “access to some of the fastest, most reliable digital connectivity in the country“.

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Mark Jackson
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Chris Conder says:

    Great stuff. That’s the way to do it. Just need to get it to the people now.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Its not for the people, its a PSN network, a government network

    2. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

      It’s a dark fibre network linking into Easynet’s PSN, Fred.

      That dark fibre can be used for other things, such as linking into private ISP networks, so it’s a perfectly reasonable aspiration hoping that CityFibre’s dark fibre can be used to deliver to the people at some point.

      The CityFibre network in York started off life serving York council.

    3. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Yep I know what it is, dark fibre gets laid daily, its being laid for a very specific purpose, if it gets opened up for non government use I’m sure they’ll be celebrations but all this is saying is that CityFibre is the preferred supplier of fibre in the area for PSN.

      This doesn’t look anything like their York venture

  2. Avatar Raindrops says:

    Well done to Cityfibre once again on a rollout that has a future.

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