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The City of York Council can now take advantage of ultra-fast broadband following the completion of a fibre-to-the-premises network ring.

CityFibre Holdings has activated the broadband connection, which will be used to deliver connectivity to 104 council buildings and facilities.

The network, which is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 10Gb, will allow public employees to use advanced telephony, video conferencing and CCTV services.

Roy Grant, Head of ICT at City of York Council, said the new network, which takes advantage of dark fibre technology, is fully future-proofed.

It has the potential to help the council reach its broadband coverage target set by the government, he claimed.

"We believe this could provide York with real advantages over the rest of the UK," Mr Grant stated.

Mark Collins, Chief Commercial Officer at CityFibre, said the project is the latest in a series of metro rings being built in the UK by the firm.

"They are designed to connect hundreds of local authority buildings, businesses and data centres to the benefits of ultra-fast fibre-to-the-premises broadband."

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