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Fujitsu named as partner in Sky, TalkTalk and City Fibre’s gigabit York project

Fujitsu has been picked to bring gigabit fibre broadband to parts of York by CityFibre. 

The company will connect homes and businesses in the city to FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband as part of a trial involving Sky and TalkTalk
 
Roughly 20,000 homes across the city will be able to access download speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) once the project is complete. 

Fujitsu has been picked to create a fibre network in York that will reach thousands
Fujitsu has been picked to create a fibre network in York that will reach thousands

Catherine Rowe, executive director of networks and telecoms for Fujitsu UK & Ireland said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Fujitsu to work with Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre as the chosen constructor for the build of Fibre to the Premises in York.

“Having ultra-fast fibre network all the way to the home or business will provide a step-change in connectivity speeds that will enable the next generation of exciting products and services to be developed apace by Sky and TalkTalk.”

Fujitsu was previously competing with BT for BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) contracts in North Yorkshire and Cumbria

The Japanese company was eventually beaten to the Cumbria contract by BT and eventually Fujitsu bowed out of the whole process, leaving BT the sole runner in a one-horse race

The news follows a two-year partnership between Fujitsu and CityFibre which saw a high capacity 103 kilometre fibre backbone built around York. 

Fujitsu will be responsible for building the network’s full infrastructure, including network planning, civil and network construction, testing and interconnection of the FTTP network. 

Construction of the network is due to begin in late October with services rolling out in 2015.

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