CityFibre has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Peterborough City Council, in the UK, at a ceremony held in the city's Town Hall.
Following the recent announcement of its intention to invest privately in the fast-growing city, CityFibre and the Council aim to ensure an efficient and well-planned network roll-out that will benefit Peterborough and transform it into a ‘Gigabit’ city.
The roll-out, starting next spring, will see 90km of core fibre infrastructure deployed throughout the city, bringing the benefits of Gigabit speeds to key business districts, data centres, 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.
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.
Pure fibre networks will be utilised by internet service providers delivering ultra-high speed connectivity services to local government, businesses, and consumers as well as by mobile operators requiring fibre base-station connectivity to enable next-generation 4G services.
Jon Moulton, founder of Better Capital, a member of the Advisory Board for the UK Regional Growth Fund, and an investor in CityFibre, commented on Peterborough’s gigabit future: ‘I have recognised fibre infrastructure as a major growth area, and the experience and achievements of the CityFibre team made them a natural choice for my personal investment in this sector’.
CityFibre’s Gigabit fibre connectivity is already benefiting businesses and citizens in York where CityFibre has implemented a city-wide fibre network.