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Working with Swedish company VXFIBER, Stoke-on-Trent Council is to roll out a gigabit full fibre broadband infrastructure around the city.
The agreement will help commercialise its city ring fibre network and bring ultrafast broadband services to residents and businesses, while new cabling will bring gigabit services to locations across the area in the near future.
The first stage of the project will focus on the city’s Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, a 140-hectare site to the west of the city centre, which is currently repurposing brownfield industrial sites for modern enterprises. So far, the scheme has created more than 1,000 jobs in the area.
VXFIBER say that the platform will reduce service delivery costs for the council and encourage competition among broadband service providers.
Abi Brown, deputy leader of the council, said: “We’re serious about becoming a sustainable, smart city. However, the traditional part copper based broadband offering currently available simply isn’t good enough to keep pace with the fast changing connectivity demands of today’s increasingly digital society and economy. Full fibre gigabit connectivity addresses these needs and is the cornerstone of our vision for the future growth and prosperity of our city and its residents and businesses. VXFiber is playing a significant role in realising this vision in a way that’s practical, affordable and flexible, to adapt and grow alongside our city and its connectivity needs.”