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CityFibre to make Milton Keynes the UK's latest Gigabit City

Tuesday, July 5th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Milton Keynes will become the UK’s latest Gigabit City when work on a new fibre broadband network is complete.

Infrastructure provider CityFibre is making more than 160km of fibre network available to businesses, schools and colleges in the city.

Businesses will be able to access gigabit broadband speeds through Northampton-based provider dbfb.

Fibre services will also be made available to schools and colleges through educational specialists Exa Networks, which has worked with CityFibre on other Gigabit City projects.

CityFibre’s CEO Greg Mesch said: “We’re thrilled to be announcing Milton Keynes as our next Gigabit City.

“Despite leading the way in smart city thinking, this city is yet another example of those still strangled by poor digital connectivity.

“Our pure fibre network, now available to businesses through our partners at dbfb, will catapult Milton Keynes to be alongside some of the best connected cities in the world.”

CityFibre said Milton Keynes is already recognised as a leader in the development of smart city technology, but suffers from broadband speeds well below the government definition of superfast.

Councillor Rob Middleton, Milton Keynes Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for resources and innovation, said: “It’s difficult to overstate how much of an impact becoming a Gigabit City is going to have on Milton Keynes.

“For MK businesses to compete on a national and indeed global scale, we not only need the high skilled people we are lucky to have in the city, but also the ultrafast digital infrastructure to make it all happen.”

'Driverless cars'

He said the council has “ploughed many millions” into improving the city’s broadband infrastructure in recent years – but there is more to be done.

“The latest huge investment from CityFibre in Milton Keynes will make ultrafast internet even more accessible to local businesses,” said Cllr Middleton.

“Access is key to micro businesses thriving, cutting edge digital businesses choosing to call MK home, and for pioneering initiatives like our driverless cars being able to achieve their full potential.

“I’m very proud to be able to call MK a Gigabit City.”

Brian Kingston, managing director of dbfb, said: “We’re hugely excited to be able to offer state-of-the-art ultrafast fibre services to transform the way Milton Keynes does business.

“It’s undebatable that having consistently fast access to the internet is crucial to driving productivity and the bottom line.

“Connecting to a pure fibre network will make it easy to harness business access solutions like VoIP and cloud services that may otherwise be unavailable and dbfb look forward to helping companies reap the benefits.”

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