An agreement between CityFibre and Level 3 Communications promises dedicated gigabit-speed internet services over fibre networks throughout the United Kingdom, with the city of York as teh first beneficiary.
As part of the agreement, CityFibre will connect its next-generation metropolitan fibre networks to Level 3’s global IP network, offering CityFibre customers access to Level 3’s high-speed IP service. Customers connected to the network will receive a dedicated symmetrical gigabit-speed Internet service, with very high capacity and low latency, the companies say.
CityFibre deploys fibre-based infrastructure and services to the UK’s secondary cities and towns. Its Internet Leased Lines are aimed at enabling businesses to increase their productivity and competitiveness by exploiting smarter and more efficient working methods, such as cloud-computing, advanced teleconferencing, real-time communications, and voice over IP (VoIP). The company hopes these services will improve workplaces, increasing employee efficiency and job satisfaction.
'Level 3 Communications owns and operates one of the largest IP networks in the industry, and we’re pleased to have CityFibre as a customer,' said James Heard, Level 3 regional president. 'Our network has more than six terabytes per second of global peering capacity and the ability to serve customers in more than 500 markets in 55 countries. Our leadership in providing enterprise-grade Internet services and a best-of-breed IP service is ideal to power the internet provisioning over CityFibre’s pure fibre networks.'
Internet Leased Lines will be rolled-out over the next 12 months, with York being the launch city. York has one of the most resilient economies in the north of the UK – home to leading science, technology and creative businesses, and a tourist industry that attracts more than seven million visitors a year. CityFibre already operates an extensive fibre network in the city, and recently announced that a significant new data centre was to locate there as a result of the high-quality fibre network.