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CityFibre, Sky and TalkTalk are to move ahead with the next stage of their 1Gb fibre project in York, following a successful first phase of construction.

The joint venture partners will expand the reach of the ultra-fast, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to thousands more homes and businesses in the city.

The first phase of the rollout project focused on validating key network design principles, engineering processes and deployment economics.

Based on the encouraging results and progress of this first phase, CityFibre, Sky and TalkTalk are to accelerate and increase the scale of the rollout.

According to CityFibre - the project's infrastructure partner - the initiative will continue to develop and test the optimal FTTP deployment methods and the ability to scale rollouts effectively.

The company says the network will be deployed and tested in preparation for the launch of Sky and TalkTalk broadband services later in 2015.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive Officer at CityFibre, said his firm is "really pleased" with what has been accomplished so far.

He added that, as a team, Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre have validated a network design for true ultra-fast broadband, delivered directly to end-user premises.

"This next phase will accelerate the deployment and will further help to determine the scalability of the infrastructure," Mr Mesch stated.

"Without the bottlenecks that exist in traditional networks, an ultra-fast fibre infrastructure will future-proof a city, offering superior quality of service and higher speeds as demand for bandwidth increases."

Earlier this month, CityFibre completed the construction of its 90km Gigabit City network in Peterborough. The FTTP network connects 107 public sector sites across the city, including administrative offices, data centres, schools and hospitals.

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