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Bristol to benefit from CityFibre's latest gigabit broadband project

Thursday, January 14th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A fibre network in Bristol will be commercialised to bring gigabit broadband speeds to the city.

Infrastructure provider CityFibre today announced Bristol as its latest ‘Gigabit City’ project.

The company has already built gigabit fibre networks – delivering speeds of 1,000Mbps – in York, Peterborough, Coventry, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

It also announced the acquisition of KCOM’s national fibre and duct network (excluding Hull and East Yorkshire) last month.

The 'Bristol: Gigabit City' project will see the commercialisation of 82km of pure fibre assets to create a new state-of-the-art network.

CityFibre will work with Clevedon-based internet provider Triangle Networks to encourage businesses to connect to the network. Triangle wants at least 100 new customers signed up by the end of the year.

Paul Anslow, managing director at Triangle Networks, said: “We’re hugely excited to be CityFibre’s Gigabit City launch partner on this project.

“We have been watching demand for ultra-fast services grow exponentially in recent years and this project has the potential to unlock a tide of demand for faster, more resilient and more affordable services.”

Mr Anslow said the pure fibre network facilitates services far faster than those possible on fibre to the cabinet networks that still rely on copper wires.

“This enables businesses to stop concerning themselves with bandwidth restrictions and start to make the most of new ways of working that will improve their experience and drive the bottom line,” he added.

'Exciting'

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre added: “Bristol is already a UK leader in digital innovation, but its business community has not yet had the opportunity to take full-advantage.

“This project provides that opportunity and I could think of nowhere more exciting to begin our latest project.”

He said CityFibre has started commercialising its former KCOM networks less than a month after acquiring them.

“As the UK’s largest alternative infrastructure provider, this is the first of many new Gigabit City launches to come on our expanded footprint of 36 cities across the UK.”

Bristol Gigabit City – and a city-wide marketing campaign – will be officially launched at an event in February. CityFibre will then start mapping demand for local network expansion projects.

Another project bringing fibre broadband to Bristol is already underway. Internet providers ITS Technology Group and Net Support UK are using a network of ducts built in the 1970s to provide fibre services to businesses around the city.

In a joint venture dubbed BNET Ultra Ltd, ITS and Net Support will manage and maintain The Bristol Network, which is made up of around 76km of duct.

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