London, 20th October 2015 – CityFibre has responded to the sudden suspension of the government’s Super Connected Cities connection voucher scheme, by offering businesses free connection to its pure fibre networks in Aberdeen, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Peterborough and York. The offer is open to over 55,000 businesses within reach of CityFibre’s networks in its project cities and ends on November 5th.
Since the Government scheme began in 2014, over 40,000 businesses have used the voucher scheme, but many potential applicants will have been caught off guard when the offer was suspended last week. As a supporter of the programme and its initiative to upgrade the nation’s business connectivity, CityFibre will waive connection fees costing up to £2500 usually paid by new customers.
There is strong support for the direct benefits that state-of-the-art fibre networks bring to businesses; studies show internet-related economic activity in the UK will grow to 12.4% by next year – up from 8.3% in 2012. Despite this, Ofcom figures show nearly a fifth are unhappy at not being able to access the broadband speeds they were led to expect.
Commenting on the offer, James Thomas, director of operations at CityFibre said: “We were great supporters of the government’s connection voucher scheme as a catalyst to encourage businesses to upgrade to ultra-fast services and more modern pure fibre networks.
“We are delighted to be able to help those businesses that have missed out on the voucher, giving them a final chance to get connected to transformational services on future-proof pure fibre infrastructure in the cities we serve.”
All interested businesses are able to register their interest in the offer by visiting www.cityfibre.com/connectfree. All registered businesses are subject to survey and if eligible, details will be passed to CityFibre’s Internet Service Provider partners to follow-up.
CityFibre Media Contact:
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 61 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 homes and businesses in the 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 at cityfibre.com