CityFibre’s public-private partnership with the City of York Council to construct a metro fibre core has earned a NextGen 12 Award for Collaborative Advantage.
We are extremely pleased to announce that CityFibre has won the NextGen12 Award for Collaborative Advantage for our project in partnership with the City of York Council.
Integrating York’s separate administration, library and education networks onto a metro-fibre network, has transformed its service delivery model and reduced its cost base. It has also created the backbone for a city-wide, Fibre-to-the-Premises network.
This partnership and metro network represents the essence of CityFibre’s vision for towns and cities throughout the UK. With a future-proofed pure fibre backbone at their core, a city is able to satisfy the demand for fast and agile connectivity at every level within it.
York’s Leader of the Council James Alexander said “Key to York’s ongoing success is its accessibility and connectivity. We are progressing initiatives and investing in key projects with public and private sector partners to ensure York is at the heart of business in the UK and abroad. This network, built in partnership with CityFibre, provides a platform for sustainable growth, ensuring our businesses have a competitive advantage and boosting the city’s position as an attractive proposition for inward investment. With Fibre to the Home as the inevitable extension of this unique model of a public and private partnership, it will bring transformational benefits to almost every aspect of our city.”
Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre added “York’s metro fibre network is already benefiting numerous stakeholders throughout the city and there are a host of new applications and reasons to extend its reach and usage. It provides York with a future-proof digital infrastructure capable of supporting all the elements of a modern city now and in the years to come.”
York is benefiting from gigabit connectivity between 110 sites including Council offices, its Accommodation Estate, Community and Neighbourhood Services locations, Explore Centres and Libraries. With free public WiFi within these sites, York is bucking the trend with libraries becoming more utilised than less, and the city-centre public WiFi trial has proved so popular, that it notched up over a million hits within a few months.
Students across the city are enjoying gigabit connections to their schools and colleges making them some of the best connected in the UK, and York’s district hospital is now benefitting from secure, high-speed communication of patient data between its sites.
York’s metro fibre connectivity will soon bear fruit for the city’s business community too, with the vast majority within easy reach of the network. The benefits of pure fibre such as gigabit speeds, huge upload capacity and ultra-low latency will give York’s businesses a head start and make the city even more popular, attracting new business and commerce into the area.
With a clear opportunity to continue to leverage the network by connecting the city’s mobile phone masts, York’s fibre core is only beginning to demonstrate its potential. When fibre-to-the-home to the city’s 100,000 homes has been deployed, York will truly have cemented its reputation as the Digital Infrastructure capital of the North.
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CityFibre (www.cityfibre.com) is one of the UK’s leading fibre optic infrastructure providers. By building dedicated fibre optic networks for the public and private sectors, we empower data-hungry users throughout the country, by unleashing unlimited speeds on future-proofed technology.
Our transformational fibre infrastructure projects comprise point-to-point connections, metro rings and Fibre-to-the-Premises networks that make possible Next Generation Access and gigabit level services direct to local authorities, businesses and homes.
CityFibre manages over 100 private fibre projects and seven separate metropolitan fibre rings under long-term contracts with local authorities, police forces, healthcare organisations and universities. With almost 30,000km of fibre in the ground, connecting more than 350 sites and data centres across the UK, we are the country’s largest independent provider of fibre in secondary cities.
In Bournemouth, CityFibre owns the largest FTTH project in the UK. With over 21,000 homes in marketing now, the network enables service providers to deliver unprecedented superfast broadband with speeds of up to one gigabit per second.