Gigabit internet speeds to revolutionise business in Kirklees

Following its recent announcement to build an 80km pure fibre network to deliver connectivity for public sector services in collaboration with Easynet, CityFibre is rolling-out of a dedicated state-of-the-art network for Kirklees’ business community.

Known as the Kirklees CORE, this future-proof network will bring transformational gigabit speed connectivity to thousands of local businesses in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley.

The construction of the Kirklees CORE will be demand-led. This means that the size and route the network takes will be determined by demand from local businesses.

To map this demand, CityFibre has today launched a demand aggregation campaign called Gig Up Kirklees at a special event at the 3M Innovation Centre in Huddersfield.

The Gig Up campaign encourages businesses to register their no-obligation interest online. The more businesses register in an area, the more likely the network will be extended to reach them.

Construction on the network is due to begin at the end of this year with the first businesses being connected from March 2015.

This leaves a window of opportunity for businesses to influence the network roll-out by registering on the Kirklees CORE website.

Commenting on the announcement today, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “Building a gigabit fibre network in Kirklees represents a step-change as significant as the shift from dial-up to broadband.

“No longer reliant on the antiquated copper networks, Kirklees businesses will have the capacity to position themselves at the heart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace.

“It’s crucial that as many businesses as possible can benefit and to ensure that, we urge you to register your interest.”

Councillor David Sheard, leader of Kirklees Council, saids: “We are dedicated to making Kirklees one of the best places in the UK to do business.

“We have unrivalled transport links, an extensive and highly skilled working population, and some fantastic places of education preparing the next generation.

“A crucial ingredient to our success is internet connectivity so we welcome CityFibre to Kirklees. The CORE offers our businesses an opportunity to evolve the way they operate. This technology will allow them to compete on national and international stages.”

Martin Hathaway, chief executive, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “There is a thriving business community in Huddersfield and we operate to support our members and help drive growth.

“We will certainly be encouraging our members to sign-up for this clearly performance-enhancing network and look forward to seeing local businesses flourish with the introduction of the new technology.”

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