Updated: York to be fastest broadband city

York to be fastest broadband city

York to be fastest broadband city

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YORK is set to enjoy the fastest city wide broadband in the country thanks to a new partnership.

City Fibre, which provides the fibre infrastructure for the York CORE project, has teamed up with Sky and Talk Talk to create a new network delivering speeds of one gigabit (1000 Mbps) across the city.

This will be the first time a UK city has been connected with such high speeds on a city-wide basis, with the parties set to name two further cities that will follow York in getting the ultra-fast network.

The project will be an expansion of the York CORE project, which was launched initially to connect public sector site on a single network in the city. The venture between City Fibre and City of York Council was then opened up for businesses to join the network with the 119km fibre now connected 179 sites.

Once the new ultra-fast network is in place, Sky and TalkTalk will retail competing broadband services over the new infrastructure.

The joint venture plans to work with global technology provider Fujitsu which will install the pure fibre-to-the-premise network, with the first York customers to be connected in 2015.

Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre, said: “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.”

The announcement of the partnership marks the start of a six month planning process, with the entire network estimated to take around two years to fully install.

Councillor James Alexander, leader of City of York council said: “This announcement makes York the digital infrastructure capital of the UK.

“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.”

Further details about the new service in York, including branding and launch date, and Sky and TalkTalk’s customer propositions and pricing, are yet to be confirmed.

CityFibre, Sky, and TalkTalk will each have an equal 33.3 per cent equity stake in the new company.

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6:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Justin7 says...

How will this work? Large parts of York are on some of the worst connection speeds in the country. BT Broadband ranked York as 390th in the UK rankings for top speeds it could provide via copper cable.

So this would be amazing if it's actually city wide and not just the city centre.

Someone in the know please explain, as the article was incredibly lazy.

Where can we sign up, etc?
How will this work? Large parts of York are on some of the worst connection speeds in the country. BT Broadband ranked York as 390th in the UK rankings for top speeds it could provide via copper cable. So this would be amazing if it's actually city wide and not just the city centre. Someone in the know please explain, as the article was incredibly lazy. Where can we sign up, etc? Justin7
  • Score: 18

7:01pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Where's BT in all of this?
Where's BT in all of this? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 5

7:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Kelvar says...

From the 'inter-action' I have had with both Talk Talk and Sky I would give BOTH of these a miss... I am VERY happy with my BT Infinity (unlimited) thank you..
From the 'inter-action' I have had with both Talk Talk and Sky I would give BOTH of these a miss... I am VERY happy with my BT Infinity (unlimited) thank you.. Kelvar
  • Score: 7

7:41pm Tue 15 Apr 14

AngelinaSpongebum says...

Infinity rules...36 meg thanks very much and also most people's computers would never work with 1gig in any case, never mind the websites that are slow whatever speed you get.
Infinity rules...36 meg thanks very much and also most people's computers would never work with 1gig in any case, never mind the websites that are slow whatever speed you get. AngelinaSpongebum
  • Score: 1

7:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

AngelinaSpongebum says...

And that's over copper in part too and even a bit if aluminium if I am not mistaken
And that's over copper in part too and even a bit if aluminium if I am not mistaken AngelinaSpongebum
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

yorkie71 says...

please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !! yorkie71
  • Score: -3

8:58pm Tue 15 Apr 14

fred02 says...

and what is the cost?
and what is the cost? fred02
  • Score: -4

10:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

smudge2 says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Where's BT in all of this?
Not at bishop Wilton increasing rural broad band speeds unfortunately
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Where's BT in all of this?[/p][/quote]Not at bishop Wilton increasing rural broad band speeds unfortunately smudge2
  • Score: 3

10:26pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Grumpy Old Man says...

Virgin has the fastest broadband in this area AND it own cables. So why weren't they mentioned in the story? Is it because Sky and Talk Talk customers will be the only beneficiaries?
Virgin has the fastest broadband in this area AND it own cables. So why weren't they mentioned in the story? Is it because Sky and Talk Talk customers will be the only beneficiaries? Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: -1

2:05am Wed 16 Apr 14

Tigerstolly says...

yorkie71 wrote:
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !![/p][/quote]its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network. Tigerstolly
  • Score: 7

2:08am Wed 16 Apr 14

Tigerstolly says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Virgin has the fastest broadband in this area AND it own cables. So why weren't they mentioned in the story? Is it because Sky and Talk Talk customers will be the only beneficiaries?
Because its nothing to do with them ? Why would they be mentioned ? This is a competitive offering. Competition is good.

Your comment is like asking why Vauxhall is not mentioned on a story about Ford beginning sales their fastest car yet.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: Virgin has the fastest broadband in this area AND it own cables. So why weren't they mentioned in the story? Is it because Sky and Talk Talk customers will be the only beneficiaries?[/p][/quote]Because its nothing to do with them ? Why would they be mentioned ? This is a competitive offering. Competition is good. Your comment is like asking why Vauxhall is not mentioned on a story about Ford beginning sales their fastest car yet. Tigerstolly
  • Score: 4

4:35am Wed 16 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Even with 1gig speeds, Facebook and Flikr will still take half a day to load up!!
Even with 1gig speeds, Facebook and Flikr will still take half a day to load up!! Magicman!
  • Score: -11

7:33am Wed 16 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

Excellent fibre broadband access in this part of York.
Excellent fibre broadband access in this part of York. bloodaxe
  • Score: 0

7:43am Wed 16 Apr 14

yawn.. says...

..it is thought that this will prove invaluable when sniping someone on ebay.
..it is thought that this will prove invaluable when sniping someone on ebay. yawn..
  • Score: 1

8:48am Wed 16 Apr 14

North Country Boy says...

No word from the Council on a solution to the shameful city centre internet connectivity in general. The lack of city centre 3G / broadband connectivity is as antiquated as the road system and the Council's 20mph suggestion/Lendal Bridge fiasco indicative of how misguided their priorities are in solving these problems
No word from the Council on a solution to the shameful city centre internet connectivity in general. The lack of city centre 3G / broadband connectivity is as antiquated as the road system and the Council's 20mph suggestion/Lendal Bridge fiasco indicative of how misguided their priorities are in solving these problems North Country Boy
  • Score: -4

10:04am Wed 16 Apr 14

PKH says...

Justin7 wrote:
How will this work? Large parts of York are on some of the worst connection speeds in the country. BT Broadband ranked York as 390th in the UK rankings for top speeds it could provide via copper cable.

So this would be amazing if it's actually city wide and not just the city centre.

Someone in the know please explain, as the article was incredibly lazy.

Where can we sign up, etc?
A lot of the cables in York are not even copper they are aluminium hence the slow speeds mine is a fraction of the speed providers reckon I should be achieving, until I actually go with them that is.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: How will this work? Large parts of York are on some of the worst connection speeds in the country. BT Broadband ranked York as 390th in the UK rankings for top speeds it could provide via copper cable. So this would be amazing if it's actually city wide and not just the city centre. Someone in the know please explain, as the article was incredibly lazy. Where can we sign up, etc?[/p][/quote]A lot of the cables in York are not even copper they are aluminium hence the slow speeds mine is a fraction of the speed providers reckon I should be achieving, until I actually go with them that is. PKH
  • Score: 2

10:14am Wed 16 Apr 14

Jim says...

The internet poor in the city centre because the council are running a trial?
Degrade connetivity to increase the speed of postal deliveries and to improve browing quality by stopping people catching computer virusies.
The internet poor in the city centre because the council are running a trial? Degrade connetivity to increase the speed of postal deliveries and to improve browing quality by stopping people catching computer virusies. Jim
  • Score: -5

10:37am Wed 16 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

smudge2 wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Where's BT in all of this?
Not at bishop Wilton increasing rural broad band speeds unfortunately
Blistering 2mbps from BT this morning...
...pathetic considering I'm paying the same to BT as my city business rivals are

:-(
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Where's BT in all of this?[/p][/quote]Not at bishop Wilton increasing rural broad band speeds unfortunately[/p][/quote]Blistering 2mbps from BT this morning... ...pathetic considering I'm paying the same to BT as my city business rivals are :-( Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 2

11:08am Wed 16 Apr 14

eeoodares says...

North Country Boy wrote:
No word from the Council on a solution to the shameful city centre internet connectivity in general. The lack of city centre 3G / broadband connectivity is as antiquated as the road system and the Council's 20mph suggestion/Lendal Bridge fiasco indicative of how misguided their priorities are in solving these problems
Why are the council paying for broadband?

Almost all cafes, pubs and coffee shops provide it for free, why waste taxes on a service that is provided in the most cost effective way by private enterprise?
[quote][p][bold]North Country Boy[/bold] wrote: No word from the Council on a solution to the shameful city centre internet connectivity in general. The lack of city centre 3G / broadband connectivity is as antiquated as the road system and the Council's 20mph suggestion/Lendal Bridge fiasco indicative of how misguided their priorities are in solving these problems[/p][/quote]Why are the council paying for broadband? Almost all cafes, pubs and coffee shops provide it for free, why waste taxes on a service that is provided in the most cost effective way by private enterprise? eeoodares
  • Score: -4

11:17am Wed 16 Apr 14

Grumpy Old Man says...

Tigerstolly wrote:
yorkie71 wrote:
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.
Read the story again Tigerstolly. It says: 'York will benefit'. If it was accurate it would say 'Sky and Talk Talk customers in York will benefit'. It's a badly written story purporting to give a benefit to the whole of York which it quite clearly isn't true.
[quote][p][bold]Tigerstolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !![/p][/quote]its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.[/p][/quote]Read the story again Tigerstolly. It says: 'York will benefit'. If it was accurate it would say 'Sky and Talk Talk customers in York will benefit'. It's a badly written story purporting to give a benefit to the whole of York which it quite clearly isn't true. Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 3

11:37am Wed 16 Apr 14

holyroller says...

Isn't this mostly about business customers?

And york will benefit because it attracts businesses to York who become employers and contributors to York's economy?
Isn't this mostly about business customers? And york will benefit because it attracts businesses to York who become employers and contributors to York's economy? holyroller
  • Score: 2

12:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Sillybillies says...

What will this cost the City of York council tax payers, does anyone know?
What will this cost the City of York council tax payers, does anyone know? Sillybillies
  • Score: -6

12:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

clm058 says...

Lucky you my village averages 4mbs if i am lucky. Is it not time the cities are put on hold let them manage on what they got whilst the smaller towns are worked on to catch up with the cities.
Lucky you my village averages 4mbs if i am lucky. Is it not time the cities are put on hold let them manage on what they got whilst the smaller towns are worked on to catch up with the cities. clm058
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

AGuyFromStrensall says...

Kelvar wrote:
From the 'inter-action' I have had with both Talk Talk and Sky I would give BOTH of these a miss... I am VERY happy with my BT Infinity (unlimited) thank you..
Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha...

Oh... you're not joking are you? Wow somebody did NOT do the research did they...
[quote][p][bold]Kelvar[/bold] wrote: From the 'inter-action' I have had with both Talk Talk and Sky I would give BOTH of these a miss... I am VERY happy with my BT Infinity (unlimited) thank you..[/p][/quote]Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha Ha ha... Oh... you're not joking are you? Wow somebody did NOT do the research did they... AGuyFromStrensall
  • Score: -2

11:02pm Wed 16 Apr 14

dudbertman says...

As if the ordinary user will get any benefit. What happened to the ring around York run by H2o networks?
As if the ordinary user will get any benefit. What happened to the ring around York run by H2o networks? dudbertman
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Wed 16 Apr 14

welf_man says...

clm058 wrote:
Lucky you my village averages 4mbs if i am lucky. Is it not time the cities are put on hold let them manage on what they got whilst the smaller towns are worked on to catch up with the cities.
Luxury! Sub-1 Mbps where I am ...
[quote][p][bold]clm058[/bold] wrote: Lucky you my village averages 4mbs if i am lucky. Is it not time the cities are put on hold let them manage on what they got whilst the smaller towns are worked on to catch up with the cities.[/p][/quote]Luxury! Sub-1 Mbps where I am ... welf_man
  • Score: 1

8:58am Thu 17 Apr 14

4yorks says...

120Mbps Down & 12Mbps Up here with Virgin Media in North York
120Mbps Down & 12Mbps Up here with Virgin Media in North York 4yorks
  • Score: 1

9:21am Thu 17 Apr 14

mark909 says...

Oh no ths is terrible news. These guys a complete bunch of cowboys. Just ask the residents of Bournemouth and Dundee. Yet again promises of high speed broadband but they just can't deliver.

Expect to have your pavements to be ripped open and god knows what they will do to the cobblestones in the city centre.

They've rebranded from Fibrecity just read the wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Fibrecity_H
oldings
Oh no ths is terrible news. These guys a complete bunch of cowboys. Just ask the residents of Bournemouth and Dundee. Yet again promises of high speed broadband but they just can't deliver. Expect to have your pavements to be ripped open and god knows what they will do to the cobblestones in the city centre. They've rebranded from Fibrecity just read the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Fibrecity_H oldings mark909
  • Score: 0

9:23am Thu 17 Apr 14

mark909 says...

dudbertman wrote:
As if the ordinary user will get any benefit. What happened to the ring around York run by H2o networks?
Have a read of this which explains what happened to H2o networks. Spectacular failure and the crooked welsh bastards were investigated for serious fraud.

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Fibrecity_H
oldings
[quote][p][bold]dudbertman[/bold] wrote: As if the ordinary user will get any benefit. What happened to the ring around York run by H2o networks?[/p][/quote]Have a read of this which explains what happened to H2o networks. Spectacular failure and the crooked welsh bastards were investigated for serious fraud. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Fibrecity_H oldings mark909
  • Score: 0

9:24am Thu 17 Apr 14

mark909 says...

Tigerstolly wrote:
yorkie71 wrote:
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.
Yes expect your front garden to be ruined.
[quote][p][bold]Tigerstolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !![/p][/quote]its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.[/p][/quote]Yes expect your front garden to be ruined. mark909
  • Score: -2

4:22am Fri 18 Apr 14

Tigerstolly says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Tigerstolly wrote:
yorkie71 wrote:
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.
Read the story again Tigerstolly. It says: 'York will benefit'. If it was accurate it would say 'Sky and Talk Talk customers in York will benefit'. It's a badly written story purporting to give a benefit to the whole of York which it quite clearly isn't true.
Hmmm i guess we'll have to disagree then.....i'd say its a statement of the blindingly obvious that if a company offers a service, its offering the service for its customers. They may even expect to charge money in return for those services. I guess thats how a lot of business models work.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tigerstolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !![/p][/quote]its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.[/p][/quote]Read the story again Tigerstolly. It says: 'York will benefit'. If it was accurate it would say 'Sky and Talk Talk customers in York will benefit'. It's a badly written story purporting to give a benefit to the whole of York which it quite clearly isn't true.[/p][/quote]Hmmm i guess we'll have to disagree then.....i'd say its a statement of the blindingly obvious that if a company offers a service, its offering the service for its customers. They may even expect to charge money in return for those services. I guess thats how a lot of business models work. Tigerstolly
  • Score: 1

4:23am Fri 18 Apr 14

Tigerstolly says...

mark909 wrote:
Tigerstolly wrote:
yorkie71 wrote:
please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !!

a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !!
its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.
Yes expect your front garden to be ruined.
Hmm...don't take up the service then ?

To be fair, it may be on newbuilds only to start with...
[quote][p][bold]mark909[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tigerstolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: please do Fulford first including the street cabinets !! a bit useless if no street cabinets upgraded !![/p][/quote]its fibre to the premise, not fibre to the cabinet. Essentially you get your own fibre connection direct to the providers network.[/p][/quote]Yes expect your front garden to be ruined.[/p][/quote]Hmm...don't take up the service then ? To be fair, it may be on newbuilds only to start with... Tigerstolly
  • Score: 1

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