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Leeds and Bradford join the Gigabit City revolution

Leeds and Bradford have become the UK’s newest Gigabit Cities – offering nearly 200km of pure fibre optic infrastructure now available for use by businesses and the public sector.

Leeds and Bradford have become the UK’s newest Gigabit Cities – offering nearly 200km of pure fibre optic infrastructure now available for use by businesses and the public sector.

Until now, businesses based in the centres of Leeds and Bradford were poorly served in terms of internet connectivity, with a shortage of ‘fibre to the cabinet’ services limiting their digital capabilities. The new networks alleviate these concerns, offering speeds up to 100 times faster than the UK national average and unlocking a host of productivity benefits to organisations increasingly reliant on digital systems and communications.

 

Northern Powerhouse

The pure fibre network will help support the drive for a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ by providing the infrastructure to enable the next-generation of digitally based businesses to flourish across the region.

The North already contributes about £10bn a year in digital GVA to the UK economy. Pure fibre infrastructure will only help to accelerate this as businesses become more productive and the region becomes increasingly attractive as a location to build and grow a business.

Alongside other Gigabit City projects such as York and Huddersfield, additional fibre networks across the region will be launched in the coming months.

 

Crucial for growth

David Cawthray, assistant director of information services at the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, commented: “This announcement is great news for Bradford. Reliable, ultrafast gigabit speed connectivity is crucial for businesses across the city to compete on the national and international stage. The CityFibre network will support the growth of Bradford’s thriving entrepreneurial business community as well as other bandwidth hungry organisations allowing them to transform the way they operate.

“As a Gigabit City, Bradford will be able to set itself alongside the most digitally advanced locations in Europe, allowing the council to further our digital agenda quicker than ever before.”

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