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Fibre connected masts bring faster wireless broadband to Hull

Tuesday, March 31st 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A Hull-based wireless internet company is to use fibre cables laid by infrastructure provider CityFibre to power its masts.

Purebroadband will use CityFibre’s dark fibre network – fibre cables already in the ground but not yet connected to carry traffic – to replace its existing network.

The two companies say the move will boost internet speeds and make Pure’s wireless network more reliable.

It will also allow Pure to increase its capacity and establish itself as an alternative broadband provider to Hull’s 200,000 residential and business internet users.

The project is the latest step in CityFibre’s commercialisation of its Hull fibre network project.

It began a 62km fibre rollout, based on its ‘Well Planned City’ design in late 2014 to deliver backhaul connectivity – connections to the core network – to mobile operators EE and Three UK, completing all city centre routes before Christmas.

The network has been designed to accommodate current and future capacity requirements from the business community, public sector, mobile operators and datacentre providers.

Speaking about the partnership, Joe Tandey, operations director at Purebroadband, said: “More and more residents and businesses are looking for an alternative to Hull’s incumbent operator and our services are a perfect high-speed option.

“By upgrading our backbone with dark fibre from CityFibre, we will be able to offer an even better broadband service to our existing customers as well as accelerating our customer acquisition programme in Hull.”

John Pulley, head of city sales at CityFibre, added: "We're very excited by the opportunity of working with Purebroadband in Hull.”

He said the deal would enhance the “quality of service, affordability and accessibility of next generation connectivity solutions” in the city.

'Better services'

“We are seeing increasing interest from service providers to accessing businesses and consumers in Hull.

“CityFibre now provides a long overdue and credible infrastructure alternative in the local market, increasing competition and driving better services for all customers.”

CityFibre last week completed the first phase of its joint venture with Sky and TalkTalk in York.

Fibre to the premises broadband – connecting homes directly to fibre infrastructure rather than using copper wires – is being rolled out across the whole city.

The first phase focused on enabling CityFibre, Sky and TalkTalk to fine tune elements of the network’s design and engineering processes.

The next phase will increase the scale of the deployment, bringing gigabit speed connectivity (1,000Mbps or faster) to thousands more properties in York.

The network will be deployed and tested in preparation for the launch of services by Sky and TalkTalk later in the year.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “We are really pleased with what we have accomplished so far.

“As a team, Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre have validated a network design for true ultra-fast fibre to the premises for residents and business users.

“This next phase will accelerate the deployment and will further help to determine the scalability of the infrastructure.”

He said that without the bottlenecks that exist in traditional networks, CityFibre’s fibre infrastructure would future-proof the city.

Cable.co.uk recently reported that CityFibre’s rollout of gigabit broadband in Peterborough gave the city a ‘competitive advantage’.

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