Bristol-based Hub Network Services (HNS) has been selected as the wholesale provider of Bristol City Council’s new BNET duct fibre communications network.
Set to deliver low cost, secure, high speed Gigabit Internet connectivity to thousands of businesses in the Bristol area, this follows HNS’ appointment by ITS Technology Group, a nationwide public sector IT services company which has agreed a 20-year concession with Bristol City Council to develop the network.
The two firms will work closely together to make affordable high quality Internet connectivity easily accessible to local businesses. This is in line with the Council’s objective of leveraging its existing duct infrastructure for providing commercial services across the area that directly contribute to economic growth.
As a revenue sharing initiative, a proportion of the income received by the Council from businesses using the BNET service will be used for the funding of other important local services.
Approximately 80km in length, the BNET duct network carrying the high-speed fibre optic cabling already covers most of Bristol, extending from Filton in the North to Keynsham and Long Ashton in the South. With plans to expand the fibre footprint by an additional 96km in the near future, businesses further afield can also expect to benefit from having low latency fibre optic connections directly to their premises.
Mike Jones, head of major projects, ITS, comments: “It’s a real pleasure to be working with a local network and IT specialist of such quality in Bristol. The partnership between the Council, HNS and ITS will enable the delivery of large bandwidth to local business throughout the City and support the regeneration initiatives of the Council and its partners. This will build on the excellent work the council is doing to become a ‘smart city’ using technology to solve some of the road blocks preventing the city in achieving its full potential.”
Gavin Beckett, head of digital transformation, Bristol City Council adds: “As a leading digital city, The Bristol Network and the collaboration with Bristol City Council is imperative to drive forward a programme of change throughout the city.”