York marching towards digital title
City of York Council is aiming to become the most digitally connected city in Europe by 2015 by extending its state-of-the-art pure fibre network.
Already connecting over 100 council sites, more than 60 schools and CCTV camera locations, the network reach has recently been expanded to include a primary school in a nearby village and a number of additional new CCTV locations that now have gigabit speed connectivity. The work is being carried out by the council's partners, CityFibre and Pinacl Solutions.
'Our growing pure fibre footprint puts us ahead of many other UK towns and cities in terms of our digital connectivity. Digital infrastructure is crucial to underpinning our jobs and growth agenda and along with CityFibre and Pinacl Solutions, we intend to maximise its benefits for the people who live, work and visit here.
'We will continue to add new premises and services to the network to best support our city’s needs both now and into the future,' said James Alexander, leader of City of York Council.
CityFibre has also completed the connection of five new camera locations to the City of York Council’s dedicated CCTV digital network running on the metro fibre core. This brings the total number of cameras connected to 120 with more planned for completion before the end of the summer.
Rob Hamlin, director of business development at CityFibre, said: 'At a time when many UK towns and cities are looking to encourage investment in fibre infrastructure and the need for gigabit connectivity is growing, York is leading the way with its collaborative approach.
'CityFibre’s model and expertise in designing and deploying networks enables CYC to increase its connected footprint and hook-up additional sites as required, in a cost efficient and timely fashion. The fibre infrastructure is 100 per cent future-proofed, ready for the addition of even more connections. Our approach to building Gigabit Cities ensures that use of the infrastructure can be maximised to reach every community within a city.'