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CityFibre Expand 1Gbps FTTP Broadband Network in Kirklees to Businesses

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 (11:55 am) - Score 845

CityFibre has announced that their joint 80km pure metro fibre optic Public Service Network (PSN) in Kirklees (West Yorkshire, England), which was recently upgraded as part of a collaboration with Easynet (here), will soon be expanded upon to cater for local businesses as part of a new development.

The Kirklees CORE, as it’s now called, will follow CityFibre’s model in other cities (e.g. Peterborough) by offering symmetric broadband speeds of 1000Mbps (1Gbps) to local firms via Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) style connectivity. As before this will be a demand-led deployment, which in order to be economical will only go where there is most demand.

CityFibre aims to map this demand by launching a new campaign called “Gig Up Kirklees“, which will encourage local businesses to register their interest in receiving the service and then the expansion project will be planned around that.

Greg Mesch, CityFibre CEO, said:

Building a gigabit fibre network in Kirklees represents a step-change as significant as the shift from dial-up to broadband. No longer reliant on the antiquated copper networks, Kirklees businesses will have the capacity to position themselves at the heart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace. It’s crucial that as many businesses as possible can benefit and to ensure that, we urge you to register your interest.”

David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council, added:

We are dedicated to making Kirklees one of the best places in the UK to do business. We have unrivalled transport links, an extensive and highly skilled working population, and some fantastic places of education preparing the next generation. A crucial ingredient to our success is internet connectivity so we welcome CityFibre to Kirklees. The CORE offers our businesses an opportunity to evolve the way they operate. This technology will allow them to compete on national and international stages.”

It’s hoped that construction of the new network will be able to begin by end of this year, with the first firms being connected from March 2015.

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar thebuild says:

    Nice one city fibre.

    Wondering how long will it take before it is bought by company likes of BT, Virgin, Sky, Talk Talk, Vodafone, Zayo?

  2. Avatar Oliver C says:

    Don’t believe a word of this. They own, or co-own with council, most of the fibre network serving council buildings and University of Bath in Bath …. it was announced in February that with immediate effect the loop was being opened and Gradwell (and others) would be offering both businesses and residents up to 1Gbps symmetrical services, and further expanding the loop. As with other cities that CityFibre are active in, categorically neither has happened and there hasn’t been a single murmur since. As far as I can gather from B&NES and Gradwell, the entire scheme was scrapped with no announcement. Maybe you guys could dig up what the story actually is?

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