The joint venture between CityFibre, Sky and TalkTalk is moving forward and a name familiar to long time followers of the Digital Britain story will recognise Fujitsu who at one time were the big name competitor to BT in the BDUK scheme.
The venture that plans to take FTTH to some 20,000 homes in York in its first phase has appointed Fujitsu as the firm to build the FTTP network offering up to 1000 Mbps to homes and probably options to take services like Sky TV without the need for a Sky dish.
Fujitsu are not strangers to York having constructed some 103km of fibre network across the city that CityFibre is using to sell services to the council and businesses in the area. The partnership means that Fujitsu will carry out the network planning, network construction and testing for the network.
If CityFibre and Fujitsu had managed to pull off a few projects to the scale of what is planned in York four years ago, then it is likely that the BDUK contracts would have turned out different, as a massive advantage the BT Group had was the ability to show the scale of the network build they have been undertaking since 2009.
The question now is which bits of York will be the first to see the roll-out, and how cheap will the service have to be to tempt people away from Virgin Media and the various FTTC (and a little existing Openreach FTTP) in the city. As things stood last week we calculated that 84% of York households have access to a fibre based service (70,000 out of 84,000 homes) and 62,800 (89.7%) can get a superfast service over the Openreach FTTC/FTTP networks.