Innovation and changeDigital TransformationThe Bristol Network unleashes the city’s fastest fibre

The Bristol Network unleashes the city’s fastest fibre

A number of organisations in Bristol have been connected to the Bristol Network, the 10Gbps fibre to the premise network being rolled out across the city

A number of organisations in Bristol have been connected to the Bristol Network, the 10Gbps fibre to the premise (FTTP) network being rolled out across the city.

Last year Bristol City Council awarded a 20 year concession agreement to the partnership of ITS Technology Group and Net Support UK. The collaboration is to set up a network that can provide internet and other over-the-top services throughout the city by using the existing ducts owned by the council.

At present, the network consists of 75km of duct infrastructure, of which 58km is unused, and there are plans to extend this to more than 180km.

The Bristol Network has already integrated the first few ISPs and has attracted attention from a number of other prominent ISPs who are looking to connect their customers in the area. Two high-profile Bristol digital and arts organisations, Yogscast and Spike Island, have already been connected by Spectrum Internet.

Gavin Beckett, head of digital transformation at Bristol City Council said: “As a leading digital city, The Bristol Network and the collaboration with Bristol City Council is imperative to drive forward a programme of change throughout the city. This project dovetails perfectly into our smart city and ‘Internet of Things’ initiatives.”

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