CityFibre and Fujitsu agreement is worth an initial £50 million
Leading fibre optic infrastructure firm CityFibre and Fujitsu have today announced an engineering agreement, worth an initial £50 million in estimated contract value to Fujitsu, to progress CityFibre’s plans to deploy gigabit capable, full fibre infrastructure throughout the UK’s second tier cities.
Under this agreement, Fujitsu will be responsible for the key elements of planning, building and operating CityFibre’s carrier-grade next-generation fibre infrastructure. Fujitsu’s scale and experience will accelerate CityFibre’s deployment plans and give confidence to partners, customers and investors.
Greg Mesch, CityFibre’s CEO commented: “We are delighted to be working with Fujitsu. It is invaluable to have an outsourcing partner of such reputation working with us in our roll-out of transformational fibre infrastructure to over 1 million UK homes and over 50,000 businesses throughout the UK’s second tier cities.
“Fujitsu’s credentials in network deployment could not be stronger and few companies have as much knowledge of UK telecoms infrastructure. They are uniquely positioned to assist CityFibre in meeting our ambitious objectives across the entire fibre infrastructure spectrum, from mobile backhaul to metro networks and Fibre-to-the Premises.”
CityFibre selected Fujitsu for its unparalleled experience of building carrier-grade networks worldwide and for its extensive and highly skilled field force spanning the whole of the UK. The two companies have already worked together as Fujitsu built CityFibre’s 103km fibre optic network around the City of York. This network forms the backbone of the city-wide Fibre-to-the-Premises network announced last month.
Andy Stevenson, chief executive officer, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe added: “We are very happy to embark on this agreement with CityFibre. This project takes advantage of all Fujitsu’s core competencies including planning, building and operating next generation access networks across the world. We are excited by the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking company and look forward to delivering world-class infrastructure across the UK”.
About CityFibre Holdings
CityFibre (www.cityfibreholdings.com) is one of the UK’s leading fibre optic infrastructure providers. We are providing the UK’s second tier cities with transformational fibre optic infrastructure capable of delivering gigabit services, changing the way businesses and consumers can communicate.
Instead of trying to use and repurpose aging networks we are building dedicated carrier-grade full fibre networks for the public and private sectors which comprise point-to-point connections, metro rings and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP and FTTH).
CityFibre manages over 100 private fibre projects and seven separate metropolitan fibre rings under long-term contracts with local authorities, police forces, healthcare organisations and universities. With almost 30,000km of fibre in the ground, connecting more than 350 sites and data centres across the UK, we are the country’s largest independent provider of fibre in secondary cities.
In Bournemouth, CityFibre owns the largest FTTH project in the UK. With over 24,000 homes ready for service in 2012, the network enables service providers to deliver unprecedented superfast broadband with speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com
Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: http://uk.fujitsu.com
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