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CityFibre has rolled out an ultrafast fibre broadband network in Reading, offering speeds of 1Gbps.

Approximately 30km of pure fibre network has been made available to businesses in the area in partnership with business-to-business IT and telecoms service provider BtL.

The two organisations will work to encourage local companies to connect to the network and take advantage of the "market-leading" gigabit-speed services now available. 

CityFibre believes the infrastructure upgrade puts firms in Reading among the best digitally-connected businesses in the whole country and gives local companies a "significant digital advantage".

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, commented: "We’re delighted to announce Reading as our newest Gigabit City project and proud to be working alongside BtL to bring it to life for businesses. 

"Our network is designed to accommodate Reading’s current and future digital needs, from connecting public sector sites, schools and hospitals to powering the masts and small cells needed to deliver 4G and even 5G mobile coverage."

Rob Lamden, Managing Director at BtL, added that it is "extremely excited" to be the Gigabit City launch partner in Reading. 

He said demand for ultrafast services has grown exponentially in the last few years. As a result, he believes this project will help businesses "stop concerning themselves with bandwidth restrictions" and instead focus on optimising their operations, improving their experience and driving the bottom line.

"This project has the potential to unlock a tide of demand for faster, more resilient and more affordable services," Mr Lamden stated.

The announcement comes after the company revealed that its turnover rose by 67 per cent during 2015 and hit £6.4 million. Meanwhile, gross profit went up by 68 per cent to £5.5 million.

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