Kirklees businesses urged to influence route of new future-proof digital network
Huddersfield and London, 5th November 2014 –Following their recent announcement to build an 80km pure fibre network to deliver connectivity for public sector services in collaboration with Easynet, CityFibre is now delighted to announce the roll-out of a dedicated state-of-the-art network for Kirklees’ business community. Known as the Kirklees CORE, this future-proof network will bring transformational gigabit speed connectivity to thousands of local businesses in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley.
The construction of the Kirklees CORE will be ‘demand-led’. This means that the size and route the network takes will be determined by demand from local businesses. To map this demand, CityFibre has today launched a demand aggregation campaign called ‘Gig Up Kirklees’ at a special event at the 3M Innovation Centre in Huddersfield. The ‘Gig Up’ campaign encourages businesses to register their no-obligation interest online. The more businesses register in an area, the more likely the network will be extended to reach them.
Construction on the network is due to begin at the end of this year with the first businesses being connected from March 2015. This leaves a window of opportunity for businesses to influence the network roll-out by registering on the Kirklees CORE website.
Commenting on the announcement today, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch says: “Building a gigabit fibre network in Kirklees represents a step-change as significant as the shift from dial-up to broadband. No longer reliant on the antiquated copper networks, Kirklees businesses will have the capacity to position themselves at theheart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace. It’s crucial that as many businesses as possible can benefit and to ensure that, we urge you to register your interest.”
Councillor David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council adds: “We are dedicated to making Kirklees one of the best places in the UK 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. A crucial ingredient to our success is internet connectivity so we welcome CityFibre to Kirklees. 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, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce continues: “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 for this clearly performance-enhancing network and look forward to seeing local businesses flourish with the introduction of the new technology.”
To register interest, local businesses should visit www.kirkleesCORE.com
CityFibre Media Contact:
Michael House at FieldHouse Associates
+44 (0) 7958336475
CityFibre is a builder of Gigabit Cities and the largest independent provider of pure fibre infrastructure in the UK. The company designs, builds, owns and operates gigabit speed fibre networks in mid-sized cities and major towns, for the public and private sectors. These empower data-hungry users, unleashing unlimited speeds on future-proofed technology, and ensure that the UK’s regional centres remain truly open for business in a digital age.
With network in 57 UK towns and cities, CityFibre serves a vast array of public sector organisations, service providers and businesses. It has also begun four Gigabit City projects in York, Peterborough, Coventry and Aberdeen where city-wide pure fibre networks known as ‘COREs’ bring world-class Internet connectivity and the benefits of gigabit speeds to every aspect of the city’s community.
CityFibre is a proud member of a joint venture with TalkTalk and Sky. Established in early 2014, the collaboration aims to prove the viability of gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) networks and services for homes and businesses. Work is currently underway to connect tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York to a future-proof FTTP modern digital infrastructure.
CityFibre is based in London, United Kingdom, and its shares trade on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: CFHL). Further information on the company can be found here: www.cityfibre.com