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Fujitsu is linking up with fibre-optic infrastructure firm CityFibre to rollout ultra-fast broadband in the UK's second-tier cities.

In a deal worth an initial £50 million, the firms will work together to deploy gigabit-capable, pure fibre infrastructure in a number of urban locations.

Fujitsu will be responsible for the key elements of planning, building and operating CityFibre’s carrier-grade next-generation fibre infrastructure.

The firm's scale and experience will accelerate CityFibre’s deployment plans and give confidence to partners, customers and investors.

Greg Mesch, CityFibre’s Chief Executive, said the company was "delighted" to be working with Fujitsu.

"It is invaluable to have an outsourcing partner of such reputation working with us in our roll-out of transformational fibre infrastructure to over one million UK homes and over 50,000 businesses throughout the UK’s second tier cities," he stated.

Mr Mesch commented that Fujitsu’s credentials in network deployment "could not be stronger" and few companies have as much knowledge of UK telecoms infrastructure.

"They are uniquely positioned to assist CityFibre in meeting our ambitious objectives across the entire fibre infrastructure spectrum, from mobile backhaul to metro networks and fibre-to-the premises," he added.

Andy Stevenson, Chief Executive at Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, said the company was "very happy" to embark on this agreement with CityFibre.

"This project takes advantage of all Fujitsu’s core competencies including planning, building and operating next-generation access networks across the world," he noted.

"We are excited by the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking company and look forward to delivering world-class infrastructure across the UK."

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