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York Businesses to Get Better Broadband Next Year


8:05am 5th December 2012

The City of York Council has partnered with CityFibre to spark the next generation of connectivity services for York’s business community, and is encouraging businesses in York to register their interest today.

The York CORE, recently launched at the York Business Week by James Alexander, Leader of the City of York Council, is a state-of-the-art 103km pure fibre optic network, running throughout the City of York. It can be used by internet service providers to offer affordable, high-quality and ultra-fast business services throughout the city and surrounding areas. These services would support York’s businesses to get ahead of other UK companies in terms of their digital connectivity, and will help them to significantly increase their efficiency, improve their productivity and grow their businesses.

The network is ‘open access’ enabling multiple internet service providers to offer vastly improved services to new or existing customers. Services will be launching in the first quarter of 2013, via the growing list of service provider partners, which already includes Pinacl and York Data Services.

A full range of services will be available for all business types and sizes, from entry-level business broadband to dedicated fibre connectivity. The pure fibre network means that businesses can gain access to unparalleled download and upload speeds and reliability. These benefits will help businesses operate more effectively by getting more done in less time, enabling them to transfer larger files faster and take full advantage of an ever-growing choice of cloud-based services. The future-proof, flexible pure fibre network ensures that services are capable of supporting the needs of York’s business community both now, and in the future.

The York CORE is central to the City of York Council’s ambition to become the ‘Digital Infrastructure Capital of the North’. Already connecting over 110 sites including council offices, schools and data centres with gigabit speed services, it has enabled the City of York Council to transform its service delivery model. The focus is now on helping York’s businesses to take advantage of this city-wide network, and helping to boost the city’s position as an attractive proposition for inward investment.

Businesses interested in finding out more are being encouraged to register their interest on The York CORE website at The York CORE is also asking York’s business community to complete a two-minute survey to help shape the services that will be launched. The survey will help the partners gain a greater understanding of what York business connectivity needs are, and enable service providers to deliver products and price-points that best meet these needs. 

Cllr James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council said: “We have worked hard over the last year to significantly up our game on digital infrastructure and we have built relationships with private sector infrastructure providers, encouraging them to invest in York.

“We now have a future-proof digital infrastructure, built in partnership with CityFibre and capable of supporting all the elements of a modern city, now and in the years to come. This supports our aim of positioning the city as the Digital Infrastructure Capital of the North and in the top 10 mid-sized cities in Europe.”

Mark Collins, Director of Regulation and Public Policy at CityFibre adds: “Our long-standing partnership with the City of York Council represents the essence of CityFibre’s vision for towns and cities throughout the UK. Recently awarded the NextGen12 Award for Collaborative Advantage, the pure fibre network in York is only just beginning to demonstrate its full potential to transform the way that the City of York operates and communicates in a truly digital age. We are now extending the network out to offer the business community the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits that a pure fibre infrastructure can bring. We look forward to welcoming further service provider partners on board in the coming weeks and hearing from the many business we know would value their services.”

The pure fibre network roll-out will be planned to reach the areas with the greatest demand first.

The initial focus of The York CORE is to connect business premises, but long-term plans are to extend the pure fibre connectivity services to the residential community with a fibre-to-the-home network.

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