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Kirklees to become one of UK’s most digitally connected areas

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19 Jun 2015

Kirklees will soon become on the best best digitally connected regions in the UK as a 72km ultra-fast, pure fibre network, developed by infrastructure provider CityFibre is 20% deployed. 

Construction began in March 2015 and from September, businesses and public sector sites in Huddersfield will be able to receive services over the gigabit speed fibre network. 

Starting in the town centre, this  major infrastructure project will be developed throughout the town over the next year. Built by CityFibre, the network is designed to provide Kirklees’ business community with future-proof Internet connectivity.

Abzorb has been announced as the first service provider to deliver services over the CORE network, and CityFibre will confirm further partners as they join. Abzorb will be offering businesses gigabit speed services and communication solutions providing real productivity advantages.  

Faruk Amin, Abzorb’s sales director, said: “We’re very excited to be partnering with CityFibre on this fantastic opportunity for Kirklees. Businesses will soon be able to benefit from internet speeds they have only dreamed of.  

There are currently over 250 businesses that have registered interest on the Kirklees CORE website. 

Registered businesses will also be checked for eligibility for a government voucher scheme which offers financial grants to cover connection costs.

Jacqui Gedman, director of economy, skills & the environment at Kirklees Council added: “This is our opportunity to make Kirklees one of the most digitally advanced places in the world, with connectivity on a par with major international centres. Our ambition for this project is huge and I would encourage local businesses not to miss out on this opportunity to get ahead in today’s digital age.

“We have established and growing technology and media businesses in the region, who obviously rely on fast, reliable connectivity. But it is also vital to the growth of our manufacturing businesses and other sectors as they need the competitive advantage greater speeds and bandwidth can provide. This is a great opportunity for all businesses to take advantage of this new technology.“

Jason Petrou-Brown, CityFibre’s regional development manager for Kirklees, also commented: “We are delighted that construction work has begun, and our carefully planned roll-out will start to bring gigabit connectivity to business from September this year. It’s great to have Abzorb, a Yorkshire based service provider with over 20 years experience serving local and national businesses, on board and offering services today."