TalkTalk and Sky have confirmed they will be installing superfast 1Gbps Fibre Broadband in York after partnering with CityFibre and Fujitsu.
Sky and TalkTalk are contributing £5 million each for a 33.3% stake in a new company after partnering with network providers CityFibre and Fujitsu (who will take care of the actual infrastructure) to install 1Gbps Fibre Broadband in York in 2015.
The service will run on fibre to the premises (FTTP) pipes. FTTP pipes will be used as they won’t be hamstrung by copper cables that are more commonly used between homes and local fibre networks and associated with being slower.
The companies are expected to install the 1Gbps Fibre Broadband in York in 2015 starting with 20,000 premises before moving across the whole city. However, York will not be the first city to host its own local network broadband as Hull and Kansas City are currently equipped with superfast Google Fibre.
James Alexander, leader of City of York council said that the announcement made the city the “digital infrastructure capital of the UK” and that “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.”
Currently, the UK’s main internet service providers use BT’s Openreach network of fibre and cables. Virgin Media has built its own fibre network, however it doesn’t cover the whole country. CityFibre has 29,000km of high-speed fibre that the company licenses to networks and businesses.
The Chief Executive of TalkTalk, Dido Harding has said “strategically, this is very important for us as our first step into building infrastructure” and that “TalkTalk has a long history and proven record of disrupting new markets” when referencing BT’s current coverage.