Published On: Wed, Aug 13th, 2014 on 1:06 pm

State-of-the-art broadband network heading to Kirklees

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Kirklees is soon to have access to some of the fastest digital connectivity in the country.

Leading fibre optic infrastructure provider CityFibre and communications service provider Easynet have signed an agreement which will, for the first time, enable authorities around the country to benefit from gigabit speed, pure fibre network solutions from the government’s Public Sector Network (PSN) Framework.

The state-of-the-art fibre network, is expected to give a major boost to the economic and social development of the area, and will position Kirklees as one of the most ‘digitally-advanced’ areas of the UK.

It’s the latest project for CityFibre, which is already working in conjunction with TalkTalk and Sky on upgrading metro networks in Coventry, Peterborough and York.

Simon Holmyard, head of public sector at Easynet, said: “With the Public Sector drive towards Smart Working, having access to data anywhere and anytime is key. High speed access is a must.

“This partnership will enable local public sector to embrace “Smart Working”. Kirklees and its peers and partners can leverage the power of the network for the benefit of local services and citizens.”

The new agreement will see the businesses deploy groundbreaking new technologies that will speed up and enhance the PSN.

This PSN will act as a ‘network of networks’ aiming to unify public sector network infrastructure procurement across the UK as part of the government’s drive to save taxpayers £500m in 2014 by improving efficiencies in its IT spending.

CityFibre has also announced it has close to £50m to invest in regional towns and cities over the coming months and years.

Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre, said: “In a digital age, we must ensure that our towns and cities are furnished with a next generation and future-proof digital infrastructure supporting the public and private sectors.

“Our partnership with Easynet is an exciting opportunity for local authorities up and down the country to make the most of the PSN.”

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