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Manchester City Enables New Fibre Optic Broadband Network
By: MarkJ - 16 March, 2009 (1:33 PM)

Manchester City Council (MCC) has confirmed that the first stage of its new Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) based open broadband network, which was first proposed at the same time last year (here), will go live towards the end of this month in the Oxford Road area of the city.

It's claimed that the service will be up to 1,000 times faster than any speeds currently offered in the area by existing broadband providers, which is very optimistic and somewhat dependant on your base of comparison. Most FTTP networks typically start out by offering maximum speeds of 'up to' 100Mbps:

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Neil Swannick, told BD Recruitment: If Manchester's economy is to continue to grow then it is vital that we have accessible and affordable super-fast broadband, based on the proven state-of-the-art capabilities of fibre and advanced wireless; this is what the Next Generation Digital City project aims to do.

We know that other European cities which are competing directly with us, such as Amsterdam and Paris, are providing fibre directly into businesses and the home, at a fraction of the cost of anywhere in the UK.

Consumers and businesses then benefit by having reliable broadband at anything up to 1,000 times the speeds that are currently offered here. We believe that this will soon become a major competitive threat to Manchester and the UK as a whole.

Further development to expand the network, starting with East Manchester, including the creation of an Internet Hub supporting the digital/creative industries cluster at Central Park, will follow shortly after.

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