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Milton Keynes joins the ranks of the UK’s Gigabit Cities

CityFibre announces its latest Gigabit City project in partnership with dbfb and Exa Networks

LONDON & MILTON KEYNES, UK – CityFibre, the national alternative digital infrastructure provider, has today announced that Milton Keynes will become the UK’s latest Gigabit City. CityFibre will be making over 160km of pure fibre network available to businesses, schools and colleges throughout the city via its city launch partner dbfb and education partner Exa Networks.

Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, with employment growth expected to hit 4.7 percent this year.  It is also one of the recognised leaders in the developing and promoting of smart city technology with initiatives such as MK:Smart, and the development of a ‘MK Data Hub’ to collect and manage city-wide data in partnership with the Open University. Disappointingly for many businesses however, Milton Keynes suffers from internet speeds well below the government’s defined measure of superfast broadband.

As a Milton Keynes Gigabit City launch partner, Northampton-based service provider dbfb, will be first to market with a suite of innovative ultra-fast internet services for businesses. Delivered over the pure fibre network, businesses will be able to access affordable gigabit speed services up to 100 times faster than the UK’s average speed. dbfb and CityFibre will together be making a significant investment in Milton Keynes.

The future-proof network will also be made available to schools and colleges in Milton Keynes, via CityFibre’s educational sector launch partner Exa networks. As a specialist provider of internet services for educational sites, Bradford-based Exa Networks will be actively migrating its existing customers as well as bringing on board new schools. Exa Networks are already providing services in a number of CityFibre’s other Gigabit City projects.

Brian Kingston, Managing Director of dbfb, said: “We’re hugely excited to be able to offer state-of-the-art ultra-fast fibre services to transform the way Milton Keynes does business.  It’s undebatable that having consistently fast access to the internet is crucial to driving productivity and the bottom-line.  Connecting to a pure fibre network will make it easy to harness business access solutions like VoIP and cloud services that may otherwise be unavailable and dbfb look forward to helping companies reap the benefits.”

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, added: “We’re thrilled to be announcing Milton Keynes as our next Gigabit City. Despite leading the way in smart city thinking, this city is yet another example of those still strangled by poor digital connectivity. Our pure fibre network, now available to businesses through our partners at dbfb, will catapult Milton Keynes to be alongside some of the best connected cities in the world.”

Cllr Rob Middleton, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Resources and Innovation at Milton Keynes City Council added, “It’s difficult to overstate how much of an impact becoming a Gigabit City is going to have on Milton Keynes. For MK businesses to compete on a national and indeed global scale, we not only need the high skilled people we are lucky to have in the city, but also the ultra-fast digital infrastructure to make it all happen.

“As a Council, we've ploughed many millions into the broadband infrastructure of the city over recent years - but there's still much more to be done. The latest huge investment from CityFibre in Milton Keynes will make ultra-fast internet even more accessible to local businesses. Access is key to micro businesses thriving, cutting edge digital businesses choosing to call MK home, and for pioneering initiatives like our driverless  cars being able to achieve their full potential. I'm very proud to be able to call MK a Gigabit City.”

Milton Keynes Gigabit City will be officially launched at an event today at The Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes. Businesses, public sector organisations and schools are now able to register their no obligation interest.

About CityFibre: CityFibre is the national builder of Gigabit Cities, as the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure. It has major metro duct and fibre footprints in 37 cities across the UK and a national long distance network that connects these cities to major data-centres across the UK and to key peering points in London.
 
The company has an extensive customer base spanning service integrators, enterprise and consumer service providers and mobile operators. Providing a portfolio of active and dark fibre services, CityFibre’s networks address 26,000 public sites, 7,400 mobile masts, 260,000 businesses and 3.7 million homes.
 
CityFibre is based in London, United Kingdom, and its shares trade on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: CITY). Further information on the company can be found at www.cityfibre.com

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