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Who are CityFibre?

CityFibre is the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure and the builder of Gigabit Cities. 

With major metro footprints in 42 cities, a national long distance network, and a ground-breaking FTTH build underway, CityFibre is future-proofing the UK in a digital age by unleashing the power of full-fibre connectivity to the public sector, private sectors, mobile operators, communication providers and households.

What is a Gigabit City?

A Gigabit City is a city with an ultrafast, full-fibre connectivity network that supports the current and future digital requirements of the entire city: from public sector including schools and hospitals to businesses, mobile and homes. This infrastructure is designed to withstand the increasing demand for bandwidth, and support the introduction of new technologies with ease.

 Peterborough - A Gigabit City

In October 2013, CityFibre signed a strategic partnership with the council, worth £9m and announced the Peterborough Gigabit City project. The initial 90km city-wide network build was completed by March 2015, less than a year after construction began. 

CityFibre case study- Peterborough

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Since launching itself as a Gigabit City in 2014, Peterborough is now home to a state-of-the-art, full-fibre digital infrastructure, which has grown and developed the town in partnership with the council. Initially connecting 107 public sector sites across the city, the council embraced the Smart City vision and made the commitment to connect a further 220 sites including traffic signals and CCTV in 2016.

Businesses across the city have been taking advantage of affordable, gigabit speed internet services which have revolutionised the way they operate. With this demand for full-fibre connectivity, the network has been extended to 120km since the initial build, and is now able to service even more businesses in the area.

The Gigabit City network makes Peterborough one of the best connected cities on the planet, proof of which was seen at the 'World Smart City Congress 2015' where Peterborough beat the likes of Moscow and Dubai, and was awarded the title of ‘Smart City of the Year’.

The introduction of this network into Peterborough has dramatically accelerating the digital capabilities of businesses, local government, schools, hospitals and mobile operators, becoming the vision of a true Gigabit City.

Next generation full-fibre connectivity

Full-fibre networks provide businesses with the most advanced digital connection possible. Constructed with the latest deployment techniques, smart-routing, reinforced cables and ducting. Only full-fibre networks can support ultrafast, ultra-reliable services and provide a future-proofed connectivity alternative.

Old vs new

For those businesses already on a true fibre service but delivered over an incumbent's infrastructure, a newly constructed full-fibre network still offers significant advantages. Not only will it compete on uptime and service levels, but the simple virtue of its recent legacy infrastructure constructed up to 20 years ago.

A truly resilient alternative

Gone are the days were a backup ADSL line is sufficient - businesses cannot handle extensive delays before their backup line kicks in and can no longer rely on a slow DSL fallover. Crucially for companies operating mission critical sites and services, full-fibre networks provide an invaluable and truly diverse alternative infrastructure, completely independent from an incumbent telco's infrastructure.

Fibre to the Cabinet falls short

For businesses reliant on so-called 'fibre' broadband services, the key differentiator of a full- fibre network is the lack of copper in the 'last mile' of your connection. Fibre broadband services are only as strong as the weakest link - the copper wire. With full-fibre from the exchange right through to your business premises there is no copper bottleneck to slow your connection, restrict your upload capabilities and introduce latency.

What does it mean for businesses

Full-fibre is the best connectivity option available to a business but in most cities it is near impossible to order or afford one. In a Gigabit City, full-fibre connectivity comes as standard and businesses of all sizes are able to enjoy the speed, efficiency and productivity benefits previously only accessible by the largest businesses.

Other benefits for businesses include:

Gigabit Speeds: With a gig at your fingertips, you'll be able to effortlessly transfer even the largest files in a flash (10-100x faster than most business connections)
Cloud Computing: Cloud computing offers huge cost and time-saving benefits, alongside much greater flexibility when it comes to how, when and where you access the internet.
Ultrafast Uploads: Crippling upload speeds are a thing of the past. Full-fibre enables broadband services that are as fast uploading large files as they are downloading them.
Communication: Revolutionise the way your business communicates. Ditch your land line for cheaper, smarter VoIP telephony and have your meetings face to face with HD video conferencing tools.
Remote Data Storage: Storing your data remotely using cloud applications like Dropbox, Google Drive or Box becomes a practical solution with a pure fibre connection. 
Diverse Connectivity: For mission critical sites, full-fibre connectivity represents a truly diverse infrastructure connectivity solution. 

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