United front secures rapid internet links

CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch, speaking at the launch of the GigaBit City partnership ENGEMN00120131113141336
CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch, speaking at the launch of the GigaBit City partnership ENGEMN00120131113141336

Firms in Peterborough’s Cygnet Park have banded together to secure gigabit-speed internet connections.

The business park in Hampton was not part of CityFibre’s original Peterborough CORE network route for the high speed internet link.

But bosses put up a united front to prove there was sufficient demand to make the provision of a connection worthwhile.

The campaign was led by Progressive Property called other firms in the business park to action and spread the word by knocking on doors and sending out letters.

Caroline Jackson of Progressive Property said; “We wanted access to gigabit-speed services but we knew we had to prove it was worth CityFibre investing in Cygnet Park. There’s always power in numbers so we talked to the businesses around us and they wanted ultra-fast connectivity as well,

“It’s old fashioned demand and supply. All we did was hurry it along. In business there’s no merit in sitting back and waiting for the opportunity to arrive - you’ve got to get out there and grab it.”

CityFibre service provider partner Businesscoms has worked with firms in Cygnet Park to understand their needs and how they can make the most of the Peterborough CORE.

Now CityFibre has pledged to build an extension to the CORE, which will save businesses about £100,000 of combined construction costs.

Planning is already underway and, subject to landlord permissions, work is due to start in the spring.

Andy Starnes, city development manager at CityFibre, said: “The Peterborough CORE is a demand-led network. We will build where we see sufficient demand from local organisations.

“It’s fantastic that they’ve come forward at such an early stage.

“This is the third business park where we’ve committed to building an extension to the CORE. The response has been overwhelming. Peterborough really is a Gigabit City.”

Peterborough CORE was extended to Fengate before Christmas and last month CityFibre committed to building an extension to Lynch Wood in the spring.

Meanwhile, a campaign to “Gig Up” Orton Southgate is currently underway.

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