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Cityfibre Opens Hull’s Gigabit Fibre Optic Network to Businesses

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 (9:28 am) - Score 1,157

Cityfibre, which operates a number of ultrafast Gigabit-capable fibre optic (FTTP) broadband networks across several cities in the United Kingdom, has today opened up their existing 62km long network in Hull (East Yorkshire) for use by local businesses.

The operator originally began building the new-ish fibre optic network in Hull during 2014 (here), which at the time formed 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 Pure Broadband (here), MS3 (here) and Connexin (here).

Perhaps unsurprisingly Cityfibre has now opened the network up to local businesses and this is being done in partnership with local ISP Pure Broadband, which already makes use of the network to serve their own fixed wireless network subscribers.

In keeping with this partnership the company has launched a separate division called Pure Speed to offer an “affordable, ultra-fast internet services to businesses in Hull and the surrounding area.”

Rob Hamlin, Cityfibre’s Commercial Director, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to offer world-class digital infrastructure to cities like Hull, who have historically had extremely slow broadband speeds. By working with Pure Broadband, businesses in Hull can now capitalise on gigabit speed internet connectivity to compete and succeed in a digital world.”

Adrian Bolster, MD of Pure Broadband, added:

“Pure Broadband has operated in Hull since 2009 and our mission is to provide our customers with exceptional service levels and cost effective, reliable products. Our new gigabit, fibre only products are driven by our passion for our city and our belief that Hull businesses deserve the best.

We’re extremely happy that CityFibre has chosen us as their launch partner in the city and look forward to delivering a range of fibre fed products which will finally put Hull on the map as a true digital city. The key message from Pure is that this is here, now, it is time for Hull to join the Gigabit revolution.”

Mind you Hull is also becoming increasingly well covered by KCOM’s own Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband network, which also has the advantage of being available to local homes as well as businesses (up to 250Mbps download / 30Mbps upload). Apparently Pure Speed’s services will be launched at an event hosted alongside CityFibre on 29th September 2016.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Jonathan says:

    Any idea when Connexin will start actually using there Fibre cables at the moment the current BT lines do not cut it dropping down to 1-2mbps during peak times, considering they offer Up to 60 and I get know were close…

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      Slightly confused, is that 1-2Mbps BT or Connexin performance on their 60Mbps product? You can check Connexin’s wireless coverage here:

      http://www.connexin.co.uk/for-home/broadband/

    2. Jonathan Gorbutt says:

      Hi,

      Connexin currently use BT as a backend for the “Fibre over Wireless” when I first joined was getting around 80Mbps up and down, now its like 1-2Mbps during peak times slightly better during off peak but…

  2. Adrian Bolster says:

    Connexin don’t have any active CityFibre links in their network…..not sure why, Pure has been using the CityFibre dark fibre product for the majority of their nodes since early 2016

  3. Hull_lad says:

    “Finally put Hull on the map as a true digital city”? KCOM pass 10% of all properties that have pure fibre available to them – 78k, vs. 780k nationally, and from what I understand, none of this is subsidised by the BDUK/Let’s-give-BT-money fund, so I still don’t understand what Pure have to shout about on this – they are still delivering their service over the air, aren’t they? And KCOM have been offering gigabit speeds for a while haven’t they?

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