CityFibre completes phase one in York

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PLANS to turn York into the “digital capital of Britain” moved a step closer after network specialist CityFibre said it has successfully completed the first phase of its construction.

The firm, alongside joint venture partners Sky and TalkTalk, said that based on the encouraging results of this first phase, the next phase of deployment has been approved.

It said this will accelerate and increase the scale, bringing gigabit speed connectivity to thousands more properties in York.

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

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, 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 Home (FTTH) for residents and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) for business users.

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

The joint venture aims to turn York into the UK’s first Gigabitcity with the fastest broadband speeds in the UK. ​The trio aim to take on market leader BT in a plan they claim will put York on the map.​ ​

Fujitsu is helping the partners to build a state-of-the-art, pure fibre-to-the-premise network, delivering broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps).​