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Capita-owned Updata Infrastructure has signed a nationwide framework agreement with city centre fibre network owner CityFibre, under which it will access CityFibre’s ultrafast network to enhance the connectivity services it can supply to public and private sector customers.
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CityFibre already has 36 major network footprints in large towns and cities around the UK. In the wake of its recent acquisition of KCOM’s national network infrastructure, CityFibre has embarked on a major ramp-up of its service roll-out, and intends to reach 50 cities by 2020.
Its active and dark fibre network can currently touch around 24,500 public sites, 7,000 mobile masts, 245,000 businesses and 3.5 million homes, although it has not yet enabled any domestic broadband suppliers – except on a trial basis.
Following its £90m deal with KCOM, which saw it take control of 1,100km of duct and fibre network in 24 cities, and 1,100km of national long-distance network assets, it has been increasingly vocal in billing itself as a viable and independent alternative to BT Openreach.
CityFibre commercial director Rob Hamlin said: “A framework agreement with Updata, the UK’s leading provider of public sector services and part of the wider Capita Group, cements CityFibre’s position as a key supplier to the sector.
“As an emerging national alternative to Openreach, our networks provide Updata with a superior platform over which it can continue to innovate and grow.”
Updata, which specialises in wide and local area networking, wireless, and voice and unified communications services, will use CityFibre’s pure fibre network as a platform to better serve a growing stable of public sector and enterprise customers with cutting-edge and scalable connectivity services.
It said it would look to migrate existing customers onto CityFibre infrastructure where practical – the organisation serves a number of county councils, including Bedfordshire, Essex, Fife, Kent and Norfolk.
“Our clients’ demands are constantly growing and it is important that we can meet them by leveraging the best possible network infrastructure available in the UK,” said Updata managing director Bruce Strang.