CityFibre and Peterborough Partner on Gigabit City Roll-out

  • CityFibre
LONDON and PETERBOROUGH – The vision of CityFibre, one of the UK’s leading fiber optic infrastructure providers, of creating gigabit cities throughout the UK took a significant step forward with the official signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Peterborough City Council at a ceremony held in the town hall.

Following the recent announcement of its intention to privately invest in the fast-growing city, CityFibre and the council have paved the way to ensure an efficient and well-planned network roll-out that will benefit Peterborough and transform it into a gigabit city.

“This is a major step forward in our objective to deliver gigabit cities that can provide businesses and consumers with the huge benefits of ultra-fast broadband connectivity,” said Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre. “The scale of our plans and the strategic partnership with Peterborough City Council will enable us to deploy an infrastructure that can create jobs, boost the productivity of existing businesses and attract new companies into the city.”

CityFibre identified Peterborough as an excellent candidate for its gigabit city vision due to the city’s recent business growth and hunger for innovation supported by its forward-thinking local authority. Peterborough will have access to a future-proof, pure fiber infrastructure that will position it at the forefront of the UK’s digital economy.

Sixty Miles of Core Fiber Infrastructure
The roll-out starting next spring will see 60 miles of core fiber infrastructure deployed throughout the city, bringing the benefits of gigabit speeds to key business districts, data centers and mobile base-stations, as well as schools, hospitals and other sites important to the community. This first phase is expected to be completed within 18 months.

Greg Mesch added: “Fiber Broadband is widely viewed as the utility of the future and pure fiber networks, such as the one we are deploying in Peterborough, are the only future-proofed solutions. Networks such as this are the foundation of our gigabit city vision. There are over 100 towns and cities in the UK that currently do not have ultra-high speed connectivity, so the opportunity for CityFibre to play a part in modernizing the UK’s digital infrastructure is extremely exciting.”

CityFibre will achieve its gigabit city vision through highly efficient utilization of its pure fiber networks by Internet service providers delivering ultra-high speed connectivity services to local government, businesses and consumers as well as by mobile operators requiring fiber base-station connectivity to enable next generation 4G services.

CityFibre’s gigabit fiber connectivity is already benefiting businesses and citizens in York where CityFibre has implemented a city-wide fiber network. The same model is proving out further afield delivering real returns and reinvigorating communities across Europe, the USA and Asia.


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