Member CityFibre have completed the first 20% of its Kirklees CORE roll-out and announced their first service provider partner, fellow Chamber member Abzorb.
Kirklees is well on its way to becoming one of the best digitally connected regions in the UK as a 72km ultra-fast, pure fibre network, constructed by infrastructure provider CityFibre reaches 20% deployment.
Construction began quickly in March 2015 and the first businesses and public sector sites in Huddersfield will be able to receive services over the gigabit speed fibre network from September. This major infrastructure project begins in the town centre and will be extended across the town over the next 12 months.
The network, built by CityFibre, is designed to serve Kirklees’ business community with future-proof Internet connectivity. Abzorb will be the first service provider to deliver services over the CORE network and CityFibre will announce further partners as they come on board. Abzorb will be offering businesses gigabit speed services and communication solutions providing real productivity advantages.
To date over 250 local businesses have registered their interest on the Kirklees CORE website and those businesses looking for faster, more agile services are urged to do the same at www.kirkleescore.com. Registration is not an obligation to take service, but by registering, organisations can signal their desire to be included in the network route. Registered businesses will also be checked for eligibility for a government voucher scheme* which offers financial grants to cover connection costs.
Jacqui Gedman, Director of Economy, Skills & the Environment at Kirklees Council added: “This is our opportunity to make Kirklees one of the most digitally advanced places in the world, with connectivity on a par with major international centres. Our ambition for this project is huge and I would encourage local businesses not to miss out on this opportunity to get ahead in today’s digital age. We have established and growing technology and media businesses in the region, who obviously rely on fast, reliable connectivity. But it is also vital to the growth of our manufacturing businesses and other sectors as they need the competitive advantage greater speeds and bandwidth can provide.This is a great opportunity for all businesses to take advantage of this new technology.”
*The ‘SuperConnected Cities’ scheme launched by the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport offers vouchers of up to £3,000 for SMEs to access ultra-fast connectivity. All businesses registering for the Kirklees CORE will be evaluated for the voucher scheme. For further information, visit www.connectionvouchers.co.uk