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Bristol joins Gigabit city club

Bristol joins the other Gigabit cities across the UK as CityFibre announces a partnership with a local provider and plans to commercialise 82km of fibre already in the ground in the city courtesy of their £90m purchase from KCOM.

"We’re delighted to be able to announce Bristol as our next Gigabit City project and to be working with Triangle Networks, experts and innovators in business connectivity, to ensure its success. Bristol is already a UK leader in digital innovation, but its business community has not yet had the opportunity to take full-advantage. This project provides that opportunity and I could think of nowhere more exciting to begin our latest project.

Less than a month after announcing our acquisition of KCOM’s networks, we have begun to commercialise them. As the UK’s largest alternative infrastructure provider, this is the first of many new Gigabit City launches to come on our expanded footprint of 36 cities across the UK."

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre

Before people start to imagine fibre ONT's on the wall in their home we would warn that the wording of the CityFibre release shows it is concentrating for now on the business sector, where dark fibre connectivity between premises across the city is important. The other aspect is to compete with the traditional go to leased line providers of Virgin Media and BT.

CityFibre is working with Sky and TalkTalk in limited trials of FTTH in the Rawcliffe area of York, but while we see a lot of TalkTalk activity Sky so far has largely confined itself to PR rather than actual homes online.

Bristol with 97.4% superfast (30 Mbps and faster) coverage and a 91.3% presence from Virgin Media is already very well served for the residential and SME sector, the presence of Hyperoptic adds a little to the ultrafast coverage to take it to 91.4%. The key to Bristol increasing its average speeds is to get more people to spend more to upgrade to the faster services.


I like the bit at the end there and I quote “The key to Bristol increasing its average speeds is to get more people to spend more to upgrade to faster services”.

Much the same as the government’s sentiments the past 5 years but the wording use here smells of Marie Antoinette “Let them eat cake”. All very well having Giga cables running past our houses but will we are able to afford it.

  • cks22
  • over 2 years ago

The question is really whether paying £5 to £10 extra per month for improved speeds is a 'let them eat cake' scenario - or should regulation be used to make all broadband connections the same price irrespective of the speed people receive at the retail level?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 2 years ago

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