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The new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network in York - over which Sky and TalkTalk will deliver super-fast packages - will be built from scratch.

Mark Collins, Director of Strategy and Policy at CityFibre, explained that his company is to develop a "brand new, fit-for-purpose network" that will deliver cutting-edge broadband technologies for the next century.

In an interview with ISPreview.co.uk, he said that reutilising existing, legacy networks "will simply not measure up".

"By starting afresh, we have the advantage of being able to carefully plan this network’s ongoing growth and the ability to consistently deploy new methodology and techniques as they are created," Mr Collins stated.

He said practices such as micro-trenching mean CityFibre's FTTP infrastructure can be deployed effectively and efficiently, but also seamlessly upgraded whenever required.

"What will ultimately be achieved is a tremendous example of shared infrastructure, where the benefits of multiple usage - whether that is for home or business broadband - are enormous," Mr Collins told the news provider.

"Not only does this shared ecosystem deliver unparalleled, real end-to-end fibre solutions but it reduces costs thanks to the number of involved stakeholders."

He claimed that CityFibre's new-built, full-fibre networks have "very efficient operating costs", which will help in terms of the affordability of broadband packages.

Mr Collins explained that his firm will be responsible for managing the planning and construction of the fibre network, and ensuring it runs smoothly at all times.

But once the infrastructure is in place, all broadband services will be provided by TalkTalk and Sky directly.

He noted that broadband providers will be offering a range of services to households and businesses in York.

"Both companies are experts in targeted marketing and they will leverage their experience gained in localised promotion of unbundled DSL services," he told ISPreview.co.uk.

"This will ensure residents of York receive the full benefits this new network has to offer."

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