Southend to build “dark fibre” network

Southend has teamed up with CityFibre in order to bring fibre broadband to over 120 public sector sites. 


Southend has teamed up with CityFibre in order to bring fibre broadband to over 120 public sector sites. 

The borough council announced that it plans to activate 50km of “dark fibre” in order to bring better broadband connections to public properties in the area. 

Dark fibre refers to fibre cables that are already in the ground but are not being used for any connections.

These cables will be put to use in Southend in order to provide broadband to buildings such as schools, colleges and council offices. 

Southend Borough Council has joined with broadband provider CityFibre in order to switch from the standard copper-based cables that BT Openreach offers. 

The deal is thought to be worth over £3 million over 10 years in order to make Southend a “gigabit city”.

Ian Gilbert, a councillor for Southend council, said that the new connections will increase productivity and growth across the area. 

“The solution will not only provide a stepped improvement in connectivity for council premises and schools but also offer solutions for businesses and residential premises.”

“The partnership reflects the council’s commitment to sustainable economic growth and improved opportunity for all.”

Southend will be the latest in the line of the cities which have benefitted from CityFibre connections, with York, Peterborough and Aberdeen among those previously connected. 

It is thought that around 6000 businesses in Southend could eventually benefit from the broadband rollout, with CityFibre aiming to begin at some point this year.

Source: Cable

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