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Fibre broadband network will bring gigabit speeds to gaming event

Thursday, July 30th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A fibre broadband network in Peterborough is to provide gigabit speeds to one of the UK’s largest gaming events.

Infrastructure provider CityFibre has installed four dedicated fibre connections to serve the CityLAN gaming convention, which takes place at the ABAX Stadium and Future Business Centre – the home of Peterborough United Football Club – in August.

The connections, which will become a permanent fixture at the stadium, will ensure the event is a "gigabit gaming spectacular", according to Cityfibre.

They form part of a 90km fibre network installed by CityFibre that serves 107 public sector sites around Peterborough.

The network – called the Peterborough CORE – has been built in such a way that more fibre infrastructure can be added to it, with plans in place to extend it to four city business parks.

Andrew Starnes, city development manager at CityFibre said: “Providing gigabit connectivity for CityLAN’s inaugural games is a further testament to the work CityFibre is doing to make Peterborough one of the best digitally connected cities in the world.

“The Peterborough CORE network was completed in 11 months and is currently being used by over 140 local business as well as over 100 public sector sites, including 70 schools.

“We are proud to be able to supply a world class digital solution to an event as big as CityLAN and are looking forward to demonstrating the network’s ability to handle the huge amounts of traffic the event will generate – ensuring it’s a true gigabit gaming spectacular.”

'Robust connection'

CityLAN is expected to attract 20,000 visitors to Peterborough, as well as organisations such as the European Gaming League.

Attendees will include renowned Peterborough e-gamer Ash Dubh, who has close to 500,000 YouTube subscribers, and Dr Mata Haggis, professor of creative and entertainment games at the Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

UbiSoft lead game designer Tim Browne, who is heavily involved in the new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate game, will deliver a keynote speech via video link from France.

Along with thousands of gaming demos, live play sessions and exhibits, all reliant on a strong network connection, live gaming sessions, streamed speaker slots, and demonstrations will be live-streamed to a screen in Cathedral Square in Peterborough city centre and around the world.

CityLAN director Terry Harris said: “Bringing an event of this size to Peterborough shows that it is a hotbed of digital innovation.

“We are expecting thousands of visitors as well as hundreds of exhibitors and gamers to descend on the venue over three days so having a robust, reliable gigabit network was essential.

“Having CityFibre as a partner is something we are most thankful for. As many gamers know, exceptional internet and ultra-low latency is a must and with so many people in attendance a robust connection is one of the most important ingredients to CityLAN’s success.

“We’re confident all our attendees, from gamers to those watching keynote addresses from overseas, will enjoy a high quality experience throughout.”

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