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UK City to Get 1Gbps Internet Services Next Year

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The historic city of York in the UK is set to get a 1Gpbs internet service after three companies joined forces to form a joint venture.

Two major internet provides, Sky and TalkTalkhave set up the joint venture with CityFibre to create a new company that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services in the City of York.

The new network will leverage CityFibre's existing metro fibre infrastructure in the City. Once the ultra-fast network is in place, Sky and TalkTalk will retail competing broadband services over the new infrastructure, with the first York customers expected to be connected in 2015.

The new joint venture company plans to build a city-wide, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York.

The joint venture plans to work with Fujitsu to deploy the pure fibre FTTP network. The roll out will give the three companies the opportunity to fully test a new cost effective approach to building a viable pure fibre network, independent from BT Openreach's infrastructure. The parties also intend to bring ultra-fast broadband to two further cities across the UK and will announce further details about the selection of the cities in due course.

Cllr James Alexander, Leader of City of York council said: "This announcement makes York the digital infrastructure capital of the UK. Gaining ultra fast broadband across the city is a huge boost for our economy, providing significant new opportunities for businesses based here and better quality and value to our residents."

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