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CityFibre completes Huddersfield pure fibre network

Wednesday, January 20th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

Businesses in Huddersfield are enjoying gigabit internet speeds thanks to a new ultrafast pure fibre network in Kirklees.

The network, built by gigabit provider CityFibre, is already serving local businesses with dozens more due to connect over the coming months.

The Kirklees CORE, which took 10 months to build, will also provide services to 176 Kirklees council sites including government offices, schools, youth centres and council departments.

The network is initially serving businesses and public sector sites through Yorkshire-based service provider Abzorb, with CityFibre expected to announce more partners in the future.

Council bosses have previously said that the project is hoped to make Kirklees one of the most digitally advanced places in the world.

Announcing that the first businesses have gone live, including Huddersfield-based Ellis Furniture and manufacturer Polyseam, Neil Aspin, CityFibre’s representative in Kirklees, said: “We are delighted that construction work is complete on the Kirklees CORE and that the first businesses and council sites have already been connected.

“Finally Kirklees’ business community can enjoy connectivity that’s both ultrafast and reliable – vital for the growth of private and public sectors alike.

“We urge businesses to register their interest at kirkleescore.com to take advantage of this opportunity to increase their productivity and profitability.”

Faruk Amin, sales director at Abzorb, added: “We are thrilled to help make Kirklees one of the best digitally connected places in the UK, enabling the entire community to evolve the way they operate through pure fibre.

“At last, Kirklees can position itself at the heart of the UK economy, powered by gigabit-speed broadband.”

'Huge leap forward'

Jacqui Gedman, director of economy, skills and the environment at Kirklees Council, added: “The completion of construction of the network is a huge leap forward for the digital capabilities of Kirklees.

“Not only are the council taking advantage of a network that will help improve the provision of council services, but businesses are able to access all the benefits of gigabit speed internet.

“The CORE offers our businesses an opportunity to transform the way they operate.

“This technology will allow them to compete on the national and international stage.”

CityFibre also this week announced completion of its £90m acquisition of a national fibre and duct network owned by KCOM.

The acquisition, which excludes KCOM’s network in Hull and East Yorkshire, extends CityFibre’s national footprint by more than 300%, making it the UK’s largest wholesale infrastructure provider after BT Openreach.

CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch said: "By combining the unique and highly attractive KCOM network assets with our own, we are well-positioned to tap into future growth in the rapidly evolving UK fibre market.

"With a significant presence in 36 cities, 21 of which are completely new markets for us, we are now established as a credible alternative to BT Openreach, and the largest independent provider of wholesale fibre infrastructure on a national basis.

"This is a transformational acquisition which elevates us to a much more significant place in the UK network infrastructure arena and we look forward to continuing to prove out our strategy across a vastly expanded footprint."

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