CityFibre completes first 20% of Kirklees CORE roll-out and announces first service provider partner Abzorb
London and Huddersfield, 18 June 2015 – Kirklees is well on its way to becoming one of the best digitally connected regions in the UK as a 72km ultra-fast, pure fibre network, constructed by infrastructure provider CityFibre reaches 20% deployment.
Construction began apace in March 2015 and the first businesses and public sector sites in Huddersfield will be able to receive services over the gigabit speed fibre network from September. This major infrastructure project begins in the town centre and will be extended across the town over the next 12months.
The network, built by CityFibre, is designed to serve Kirklees’ business community with future-proof Internet connectivity. Abzorb will be the first service provider to deliver services over the CORE network and CityFibre will announce further partners as they come on board. Abzorb will be offering businesses gigabit speed services and communication solutions providing real productivity advantages.
Faruk Amin, Sales Director, added: “We’re very excited to be partnering with CityFibre on this fantastic opportunity for Kirklees. Businesses will soon be able to benefit from internet speeds they have only dreamed of.
“Abzorb will be supporting local businesses in the transition from megabit to gigabit speeds with a variety of next generation solutions – everything from VoIP to cloud based applications and remote backups. If you’re in business in Kirklees, can you afford to miss out? ”
To date over 250 local businesses have registered their interest on the Kirklees CORE website and those businesses looking for faster, more agile services are urged to do the same at www.kirkleescore.com. Registration is not an obligation to take service, but by registering, organisations can signal their desire to be included in the network route. Registered businesses will also be checked for eligibility for a government voucher scheme* which offers financial grants to cover connection costs.
Jacqui Gedman, Director of Economy, Skills & the Environment at Kirklees Council added: “This is our opportunity to make Kirklees one of the most digitally advanced places in the world, with connectivity on a par with major international centres. Our ambition for this project is huge and I would encourage local businesses not to miss out on this opportunity to get ahead in today’s digital age.
“We have established and growing technology and media businesses in the region, who obviously rely on fast, reliable connectivity. But it is also vital to the growth of our manufacturing businesses and other sectors as they need the competitive advantage greater speeds and bandwidth can provide. This is a great opportunity for all businesses to take advantage of this new technology.”
CityFibre’s Regional Development Manager for Kirklees, Jason Petrou-Brown says: “We are delighted that construction work has begun, and our carefully planned roll-out will start to bring gigabit connectivity to business from September this year. It’s great to have Abzorb, a Yorkshire based service provider with over 20 years experience serving local and national businesses, on board and offering services today.
“We urge businesses to register their interest on the Kirklees CORE website, to take advantage of this opportunity to increase their productivity and profitability.”
*The ‘SuperConnected Cities’ scheme launched by the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport offers vouchers of up to £3,000 for SMEs to access ultra-fast connectivity. All businesses registering for the Kirklees CORE will be evaluated for the voucher scheme. For further information, visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk
Michael House at FieldHouse Associates
CityFibre is the largest independent provider of pure fibre optic network 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 networks 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 60 UK towns and cities, CityFibre serves a vast array of public sector organisations, service providers and businesses. It has also begun five Gigabit City projects in York, Peterborough, Coventry, Aberdeen and Edinburgh 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 also 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 networks and services for the home and business. Work is currently underway to make York the first of these cities, with more set to follow in the near future. At its completion, tens of thousands of home and businesses in York will be connected directly to a future-proof 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: http://www.cityfibre.com/