To this end it seems CityFibre Holdings are to partner with the council to roll-out a fibre solution, using its fibre network that links over 100 council premises as the core. In terms of planning, getting that phase will be crucial, York has FTTC which will offer up to 80 Mbps later this year, and already has people producing speedtests in excess of 35 Mbps, the city if also marked down as getting FTTP as part of Openreach's £2.5 billion investment programme, and not forgetting the FTTP on Demand solution that is due to be available in all FTTC areas in the next year or so. Also a good section of York already has access to the Virgin Media cable network which will be offering 120 Mbps connections.
As a ultra-connected city York looks to be the place to move to in the next few years, but as an investment opportunity and test bed for CityFibre Holdings it will be a tough challenge to compete when two super-fast providers are already in the area, and also 4G is just around the corner too. Hopefully the planning stage will ensure that the areas missed by existing providers get to see the service first.
If you are one of the 24,000 people in Bournemouth that the CityFibre network passes, and have signed up, we would love to hear from you, in particular your experience of what the service is like.