Businesses in Coventry could soon be able to access broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps thanks to a plan by CityFibre to upgrade the city's Metro Area Network (MAN).
The 140km network was built six years ago by the city council and currently connects some 300 buildings. CityFibre plans to upgrade the MAN and rebrand it as the Coventry CORE.
CityFibre will also expand the network under a demand-led scheme called Gig Up Coventry, whereby it will bring the network to new areas around the city. A similar initiative in Peterborough generated 500 registrations.
Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said the plan would help to turn Coventry into a digital business hub.
“As a Gigabit City, Coventry will position itself at the heart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace,” he said.
"CityFibre is dedicated to bringing world-leading, lightning-fast connectivity to cities across the UK, boosting the economy and revolutionising online experience.”
One business that welcomed the news of CityFibre’s plans was The Serious Games Institute, with CEO Tim Luft explaining the upgraded MAN would greatly improve his firm's day-to-day work.
“We spend a lot of time transferring enormous files and this network will unlock previously inaccessible levels of connectivity, speed and resilience,” he said.
“We’re proud to be based and operate out of Coventry and the establishment of the Coventry CORE only adds to that.”
The acquisition of the network from Coventry City Council increases CityFibre’s MAN footprint by 50 percent, with Coventry CORE joining similar networks in Peterborough and York, the latter run in partnership with BSkyB and TalkTalk.
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