Coventry is set to be transformed into the largest ‘Gigabit City’ in the UK as part of a major agreement to give businesses access to some of the fastest communications in the world. The new Coventry CORE network, powered by CityFibre, is expected to go live in August and work is already underway to upgrade and extend Coventry’s fibre network and make it available to city-based businesses.

The ultrafast pure fibre network will give businesses access to next generation broadband capable of gigabit speeds (1000 Megabits per second) – 100 times faster than the UK average and on a par with the world’s fastest cities such as Hong Kong and Stockholm.

The network expansion is part of a strategic partnership agreement between CityFibre and Coventry City Council, and firms connecting to Coventry CORE will benefit from an increase in productivity and efficiency and significant cost savings.

Coventry City Council installed a fibre network spanning 140km six years ago to service more than 300 of its key sites across the city including council buildings, schools and community centres properties. These sites will continue to receive long-term right of service as part of the contract with CityFibre.

Since the ‘Gig Up Coventry’ campaign was launched earlier this month, nearly 100 businesses have already registered their interest on www.coventrycore.com. The network expansion is demand-led and businesses are being encouraged to register their interest so that upgrades and routing can be planned to meet the demand.

CityFibre will soon be announcing its service partner providers who will be able to deliver complete communication packages for city-based businesses.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said: “The rise of the Gigabit City represents a step-change in the evolution of digital connectivity, as significant as the shift from dial-up to broadband. As a Gigabit City, Coventry will position itself at the heart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace. Coventry’s businesses will have a huge digital head start over the competition, at home and abroad.”

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