City of York Council strides ahead with more fibre network connections

Already connecting over 100 council sites, more than 60 schools and CCTV camera locations, the network reach has recently been expanded to include St Mary’s primary school in the village of Askham Richard and a number of additional new CCTV locations, which are now benefiting from gigabit speed connectivity.

‘Our growing pure fibre footprint puts us ahead of many other UK towns and cities in terms of our digital connectivity. Digital infrastructure is crucial to underpinning our jobs and growth agenda and along with CityFibre and Pinacl Solutions, we intend to maximise its benefits for the people who live, work and visit here. We will continue to add new premises and services to the network to best support our city’s needs both now and into the future,’ said Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council.

St Mary’s primary in the village of Askham Richard is one of the last few schools to be connected to the fibre infrastructure. It joins the growing list of schools in York reaping the benefits of a high speed Internet connection, ensuring schoolchildren and teachers have access no matter where they are located. CityFibre rose to the challenge posed by the school’s rural location, which is one of the furthest away from the metro fibre network. CityFibre laid an additional 3.58km of fibre to make the connection whilst taking great care to ensure that the natural beauty of the countryside and village were not compromised in any way. St Mary’s and Askham Richard have now gone from being a location that would probably never have got a decent Internet connection straight to being able to access gigabit speeds thanks to the investment in fibre infrastructure by CYC and CityFibre.

CityFibre has also completed the connection of five new camera locations to the City of York Council’s dedicated CCTV digital network running on the metro fibre core. This brings the total number of cameras connected to 120 with more planned for completion before the end of the Summer.

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