CityFibre takes gigabit network to West Yorkshire

Fibre network operator CityFibre urges businesses in West Yorkshire to sign up to Kirklees Core network service

Urban fibre network builder and operator CityFibre has added another Gigabit City to its roster after announcing it will roll out a dedicated network service for businesses in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire.

The Kirklees Core will be made available to businesses in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley. Construction is due to begin at the end of 2014 with the first connections in March 2015.

CityFibre’s announcement followed a recent commitment to supply 80km of dark fibre to Easynet to deploy to Kirklees Council’s Public Services Network (PSN).

In common with other network builds, CityFibre’s latest project will be led by local demand, meaning the size and shape of the network will be decided by whether or not local businesses sign up for it.

CityFibre launched the local campaign "Gig Up Kirklees" at an event at Huddersfield’s 3M Innovation Centre. The campaign will map and aggregate demand by encouraging businesses to register their interest in connecting to the fibre network online, without the obligation to become a paying customer.

Kirklees Council leader David Sheard said he was committed to making Kirklees a more attractive place to do business.

“We have unrivalled transport links, an extensive and highly skilled working population, and some fantastic places of education preparing the next generation,” he said.

“A crucial ingredient to our success is internet connectivity. The Core offers our businesses an opportunity to evolve the way they operate. This technology will allow them to compete on national and international stages.”

Martin Hathaway, chief executive at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce said: “There is a thriving business community in Huddersfield and we operate to support our members and help drive growth.

“We will certainly be encouraging our members to sign up and look forward to seeing local businesses flourish with the introduction of the new technology.”

Other cities to have signed up for CityFibre networks recently include Aberdeen and Coventry.

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