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Peterborough connects 220 public sector sites to fibre network

Monday, July 4th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

More than 200 public sector sites across Peterborough are being connected to the city’s ultrafast broadband network.

A 90km network of fibre cables and duct infrastructure was completed in March 2015 by CityFibre and used to connect 107 sites including schools, council buildings and hospitals.

Now a further 220 sites are to be connected to the Peterborough CORE network by managed services provider Serco.

The new sites include CCTV cameras, wi-fi connections and a traffic management system.

Peterborough City Council believes that by moving the sites from legacy Openreach connections to CityFibre’s pure fibre network, it will increase their technical capabilities and reduce operating costs.

The move will allow the council to install new high-definition CCTV and wi-fi cameras to replace traditional fixed point cameras.

John Harrison, corporate director for resources at Peterborough City Council, said: “This investment in extending our city’s fibre network will further enhance Peterborough’s reputation as a Gigabit City.

“These new access points will enable us to improve our CCTV and traffic management solutions while allowing for future roll-outs of citywide wi-fi and future proofing the city for future developments in a world of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities.

“It is no secret that we are well on our way to being one of the world’s top ‘smart cities’ after being crowned Smart City of the Year 2015.

'Made it their own'

“Our partnership with CityFibre is just one of the many ways we are investing in growth, innovation, skills and sustainability with the goal of making Peterborough a better place to invest, work and live.”

Greg Mesch, CityFibre’s chief executive, said: “Peterborough City Council and the city as a whole have grasped the Gigabit City vision and made it their own.

“They have exploited a fit-for-purpose digital infrastructure to revolutionise the way they deliver public services and making their city more competitive and attractive to investment.

“With businesses also experiencing the benefits of gigabit speed services, Peterborough has become a model for a true Gigabit City.

“Notably, the architecture we’re deploying in Peterborough is identical to that required by future 4G and 5G small cell deployments, and our extensive footprint thus provides a solid foundation for small cell deployments across a significant portion of the UK.”

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