Renowned communications specialist NGC Networks has joined forces with leading alternative infrastructure provider CityFibre to provide businesses in Wakefield with access to next-generation Internet connectivity.
Wakefield has officially become a Gigabit City following a transformative upgrade of its digital infrastructure. The city now has access to CityFibre’s full-fibre network which offers Internet speeds around 100 times faster than a standard UK broadband connection, something currently available to just three per cent of UK premises.
Wakefield-based NGC Networks launched their plans at an event last week at the city’s internationally acclaimed art gallery, The Hepworth. At the event, infrastructure provider CityFibre spoke about the Gigabit City Wakefield project, NGC gave an overview of the enterprise level services now available to businesses in Wakefield and Justin Leese from DCMS spoke about new funding available to support faster Internet connectivity.
Achieving Gigabit City status will help to make the city more competitive, putting Wakefield on the map as a place to do business. It will also help enhance business confidence in the city, which has been highlighted by the Wakefield Business Improvement District as a key area of focus. Reliable Internet connectivity is essential for businesses. The network, which is already accessible to over 1,800 local companies, will allow firms of all sizes to enjoy improved efficiency and increased productivity.
Nikki Guest, Network Services Director at NGC Networks, explained: “Like many Yorkshire cities, Wakefield is determined to fully embrace digital opportunities and become a leading player in the digital economy. However, poor connectivity is holding these businesses back – full-fibre infrastructure will give them the freedom to fully realise their ambitions.”
Rob Hamlin, Commercial Director at CityFibre, added “Our investment in Wakefield provides a platform for business growth and will unlock increased efficiency, productivity and competitiveness, the building blocks of a thriving regional economy. Wakefield’s Gigabit City status will not only benefit businesses, but people living in the city too, with foundations laid for smart city innovations including smart street lighting, HD CCTV and e-learning opportunities in schools.”
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, Cllr Denise Jeffery said: “We know that reliable, ultrafast connectivity is crucial for businesses to compete on the national and international stage and are delighted to see Wakefield benefit from CityFibre’s continued investment in Yorkshire.”
To register your interest in becoming one of Wakefield’s first Gigabit businesses, visit www.cityfibre.com/connect