TalkTalk and Sky announce CityFibre partnership to deliver ultra-fast broadband to York

Pilot scheme will see homes and businesses given access to 1000Mbps speeds

Telecoms companies O2 and Sky have announced a partnership with fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre, set to give the city of York the highest broadband speeds in Britain.

Under the deal, the new joint venture plans to install a city-wide ‘pure fibre-to-the-premise’ (FTTP) network which will deliver 1 Gigabit (1000Mbps) internet speeds to homes and businesses across the city.

The system will be the first in the UK to run fibre cables directly to buildings on a large-scale basis, exceeding BT and Virgin Media’s current top speeds of up to 80Mbps.

The project, which will see the joint venture work with Japanese electronics company Fujitsu to deploy the fibre network, will allow the broadband providers to break away from BT’s own infrastructure for the first time in a deal which it says will offer consumers better quality and value.

The first York customers are expected to be connected in 2015, offered a choice of competing services provided by Sky or TalkTalk.

It is part of a wider plan to deliver ultra-fast broadband to cities across the UK, with two further cities set to be announced ‘in due course’.

Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk Group, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with Sky and CityFibre to build this new network that will offer significantly higher speeds at much better value than is currently available.

“This marks TalkTalk taking its first steps into investing in building infrastructure as part of our mission to make British homes and businesses better off.”

Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre, added: “As a business that believes in the transformative potential of pure fibre infrastructure and gigabit speeds to stimulate growth and innovation this partnership is great news for UK plc.

“Working with two of the largest and most forward-thinking service providers in the UK we will continue to extend our existing metro fibre infrastructure and introduce a new generation of gigabit speed services to homes and businesses.”

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