?Cityfibre has announced it is to commercialise some 82km of pure fibre network assets across Bristol.
The company, which runs a growing number of ultrafast Gigabit-capable fibre optic broadband networks across the UK, hopes the move will allow it to expand its reach to more businesses.
In order to help reach its goal, Cityfibre has partnered with local provider Triangle Networks, which it claims has hundreds of customers throughout the city.
It has already made a commitment to bring at least 100 new customers to the network by the end of the year.
The infrastructure for the project was largely acquired as part of Cityfibre’s recent £90 million purchase of network assets from KCOM last month.
The company hopes to launch the Bristol: Gigabit City network at an event next month and could then extend the fibre optic network into areas where local demand is strongest.
Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:“ Bristol is already a UK leader in digital innovation, but its business community has not yet had the opportunity to take full-advantage. This project provides that opportunity and I could think of nowhere more exciting to begin our latest project.
Paul Anslow, MD ofTriangle Networks, said: We have been watching demand for ultra-fast services grow exponentially in recent years and this project has the potential to unlock a tide of demand for faster, more resilient and more affordable services.”
However, according to ISPreview, Cityfibre may well have some competition in the local area.
Last year saw Bristol City Council give the green light to a 20-year deal with Net Support UK and ITS Technology Group, which will see the city’s fibre optic BNet broadband infrastructure used to help connect local premises.