Gigabit Southend ‘goes live’ with first connections to full-fibre network

Stakeholders and business representatives across Southend are celebrating the ‘lighting up’ of the town’s new full-fibre network.

Local businesses and public bodies waved a final goodbye to buffering this month after alternative infrastructure provider, CityFibre officially activated Southend-on-Sea’s Gigabit City network, just three months after announcing the town’s full-fibre transformation.

In this short time, the network has extended from 50km to 63km, bringing a further 100 businesses within reach of the next-generation infrastructure, which is capable of consistently delivering the fastest broadband speeds in the world, while driving efficiency and underpinning innovations such as smart city technology and e-learning.

Public sector sites in Southend will also see a step change in bandwidth delivery to help deliver high quality services as 100 sites join the network. These include a number of primary and secondary schools, leisure, community and social care buildings as well as sheltered housing sites. A further 40 traffic/CCT sites are to be added over the coming months.

Councillor Trevor Byford, Executive Councillor for Technology at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “Digitally connecting people and services together is at the heart of what any 21st Century Council should be doing. Implementing an ultrafast fibre-to-the-premise infrastructure across Southend-on-Sea is an important foundation for delivering our ambitious digital strategy and smart city aspirations.

“Becoming a Gigabit City will benefit the whole of Southend-on-Sea including public sector, private businesses and the education sector enabling transformational economic growth and innovation as well as enjoying next generation connectivity.”

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