Bristol to become the UK’s next Gigabit City

Network infrastructure provider CityFibre has announced plans to make Bristol the UK’s next Gigabit City.

The company will begin work to commercialise 82km of pure fibre network assets in the city and surrounding areas, creating a state-of-the-art, alternative digital infrastructure in Bristol.

Triangle Networks, a locally based internet service provider, will be the ‘Bristol: Gigabit City’ launch partner. Triangle is committing to adding a minimum of 100 new customers to the network by the end of the year and the ISP will work closely with CityFibre to encourage businesses across the city to connect to the pure fibre set-up.

The network will complement Bristol’s smart city strategy, which has already made the city a test bed for innovative digital projects. These include Bristol University’s city-sensor network; ‘Bristol is Open’, a laboratory exploring big data solutions to problems such as traffic congestion and air pollution; and the trialling of driverless car technology.

Bristol: Gigabit City will be officially launched at an event in February at which point a city-wide marketing campaign will begin, raising awareness of the benefits to businesses from the Gigabit speed services on offer and enabling CityFibre to map demand for local network expansion projects.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre added: “We’re delighted to be able to announce Bristol as our next Gigabit City project and to be working with Triangle Networks. 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.”

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