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Cityfibre Expand Hull Fibre Optic Network to Help Wireless ISP Connexin

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 (12:55 pm) - Score 1,362
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Fibre optic developer Cityfibre has signed a new £0.6m 10-year deal that will see their network in Hull (East Yorkshire, England) being expanded even further to reach 19 hub sites for local “fibre-over-wireless” broadband ISP Connexin.

CityFibre started building the 62km long fibre optic network in Hull last year (here), which forms part of a major long-term deal to supply capacity for local mobile operators EE and Three UK (Mobile-Broadband Network Limited). Since then the operator has also signed supply deals with both PureBroadband (here) and MS3 (here).

Meanwhile Connexin currently delivers superfast broadband services with speeds of up to 60Mbps (£25 per month for a 250GB usage allowance) to consumers around Hull and they also offer custom solutions for local businesses, all of which is helping to provide an alternative to the local incumbent operator (KC).

According to StockMarketWire, Cityfibre’s fibre optic network in hull (Hull CORE) is now around two-thirds complete and progressing well.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Ethel Prunehat

    “Fibre-over-wireless” – Please, please, please, just die in a fire, whoever came up with this.

    • Avatar DTMark

      “Fibre” appears to be the new name for “broadband”.

      My parents fibre comes down co-axial cable.

      Our fibre comes over the air from the 4G transmitter.

    • Avatar Jonathan

      If you live in Hull then you would know that the only Fixed Line ISP we can get is KC who are in fact terrible, unless you live in the two areas of the city where they are rolling out FTTP so at the moment Connexin and other Wireless ISPs are the only alternative.

      We Don’t get any other major ISP like BT, Virgin ect…

      However I am hoping that the new CityFibre Network will bring in more Fixed line ISP like Sky and TalkTalk ect.

    • Avatar mrpops2ko

      They really should die in a fire. – it goes to show how far buzzword britain has gone. The everyday user understands that connections exist at different speeds and that the older ones were deemed ‘not fibre’ so tagging fibre onto anything usually means it can do speeds exceeding ADSL standards.

      It is terrible. All the big ISPs should hang their head in shame about it. It has lead to consumers demanding ‘fibre’ without having it or actually knowing what that means. (It is also funny that only 0.01% are actual FTTP fibre connections).

    • Avatar Hull_lad

      Jonathan, I’m assuming that you spend a lot of time on here, so it surprises me that when you see what BT (and ergo Sky, TalkTalk etc) offer as ‘Superfast’, you still claim KC are terrible.

      BT have only managed to pass the number of houses they have thanks to snaffling the vast majority of BDUK funding (i.e., tax-payers money) to go to places they have termed ‘economically unviable’ (i.e. it will cost them too much). KC have pledged to pass the vast majority of the city with a full fibre service, with no public funding.

      The fact is, copper networks up and down the country are at the point of breaking, as they were never designed for the Internet. The future requires full fibre, but BT are intent on squeezing the last remnants of life out of a legacy network and charging other ISPs, customers, and any tax-payer, to fund this half-baked approach.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      ““Fibre” appears to be the new name for “broadband”.

      My parents fibre comes down co-axial cable.

      Our fibre comes over the air from the 4G transmitter.

      No-one else describes it like that though, Virgin don’t say “Fibre over Coax”, BT don’t say “Fibre over Copper”

      Why, because it makes no sense at all, Fibre over Wireless is just laughable… pure comedy

    • Avatar DTMark

      “Broadband” infers performance in people’s minds. It is faster than dial-up, which went before. And indeed it is. Yet, “broadband” as a technology term brings no particular performance promises.

      “Fibre-optic” implies superior performance, yet, there are people who can get vastly superior performance from 3G than BT’s “fibre-optic” broadband.

      Let alone 4G, which in performance terms, is capable of walking all over “fibre-optic” broadband in both directions.

      Not just downstream but upstream too. VM’s 12 Meg up and BT’s 19 Meg up are woeful, really woeful. That they are not “fibre-optic” has a great deal to do with this enabling a contended wireless “radio based” technology to usurp them with relative ease.

      I await the comments about “congestion” and “it wouldn’t work for everyone” and those would be correct. And yet, BT’s so called “Next Generation” VDSL technology is so laughable that the line here sees an eighth year without a subscription because the commercial sector has delivered and walked all over outdated copper tech that has only just been deployed. Which is allowed to be called “NGA” when it is not even “current generation”.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      All well and good DTMark and most of which very relevant and specific to your location and circumstances, but no one apart from these guys describes their product as ‘fibre over’

      I would love to know how they can deliver something you can touch over something you cannot

  2. Avatar GNewton

    There are BT trolls on this forum who believe it doesn’t really matter how the so-called “superfast” broadband is delivered to the premise. The whole misery started with the incompetent ASA decision years ago which allowed Virgin and BT to call their copper “fibre broadband” when clearly it isn’t. Consumers are being mislead here.

  3. Avatar FibreFred

    Fibre over wireless lol amazing , that would be just… wireless then

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