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CityFibre extends fibre networks in Leeds and Bradford

Wednesday, April 6th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

CityFibre has announced two new deals that will extend its fibre broadband networks in Leeds and Bradford.

The infrastructure provider has signed a commercial agreement with Bradford-based ISP Exa Networks, which specialises in the education and business sectors.

It has also struck a similar deal with Diva Telecom, a business-to-business provider with a large customer base in Leeds.

The deals will allow the ISPs to provide customers across the two cities, including schools, with broadband speeds up to 1Gbps.

Exa will use CityFibre’s network of dark fibre – cables in the ground that have yet to be connected – to connect at least 250 sites in Bradford.

The two companies have also agreed a ‘strategic national partnership’ that will provide schools and colleges across the UK with ultrafast connectivity using CityFibre’s national fibre network.

Diva Telecom will use CityFibre’s network in Leeds to connect an initial 100 sites across the city.

CityFibre’s CEO Greg Mesch said: “Commercialising our national network assets is of paramount importance to us, and so we are very pleased to be adding two key partners to our ranks.

“Exa and Diva are both highly commercial organisations with great local market knowledge and a hard-earned reputation for delivering value to their customers.”

Mark Cowgill, co-founder of Exa Networks added: “Using CityFibre’s pure fibre infrastructure will enable us to offer our customers best-in-class connectivity services.

“We understand the crucial importance of ultra-fast connectivity to schools in the modern age and we anticipate huge demand for our services across CityFibre’s national fibre footprint.”

'Cementing our reputation'

Erica Lewis, managing director at Diva Telecom said: “Diva has long believed in doing things not only differently but better and look forward to a new suite of pure fibre services cementing our reputation as innovators and market leaders.”

The deals follow CityFibre’s £90m acquisition of KCOM’s national fibre infrastructure.

The national network includes duct and fibre cabling in 24 UK cities, and a 1,100km national network connecting these cities to major data centres.

It was announced today that SSE had become the first ISP to buy capacity on the network – specifically a 48km stretch between Reading and Slough.

Colin Sempill, SSE’s managing director said: “It is encouraging to see the breadth of fibre assets available both regionally and nationally from CityFibre.

“We look forward to a long term, mutually rewarding relationship as each of our businesses continues to grow rapidly.”

CityFibre’s commercial director Rob Hamlin said he is looking forward to more service providers making use of the company’s long distance network.

Image courtesy of David Dixon.

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