CityFibre today announced an agreement with Level 3 Communications that will enable it to launch dedicated gigabit-speed Internet services over its pure fibre networks throughout the United Kingdom.
As part of the agreement, CityFibre will connect its next-generation metropolitan fibre networks to Level 3’s global IP network, offering CityFibre customers access to Level 3’s High-Speed IP Service.
“Level 3 Communications owns and operates one of the largest IP networks in the industry, and we’re pleased to have CityFibre as a customer,” said James Heard, Level 3 regional president of EMEA. “Our network has more than 6.0 terabytes per second of global peering capacity and the ability to serve customers in more than 500 markets in 55 countries. Our leadership in providing enterprise-grade Internet services and a best-of-breed IP service is ideal to power the Internet provisioning over CityFibre’s pure fibre networks.”
Internet Leased Lines will be rolled-out over the next 12 months, with York being selected as the launch city. York has one of the most resilient economies in the North, home to world-class science, technology and creative businesses, and a tourist industry that attracts over 7 million visitors a year. CityFibre already operates an extensive fibre network in the city and recently announced that a significant new data centre was to locate there as a result of the high-quality fibre network.
CityFibre is working with Level 3 to select the next cities in line for launch, extending the service further.
Greg Mesch, chief executive officer at CityFibre commented: “We are delighted to announce this agreement with Level 3. Its world-class IP service, combined with our future-proofed metropolitan fibre networks make a very powerful combination. We are excited about the huge benefits that these services will bring to businesses throughout the country.
“It is no surprise that cities around the world are seeing the deployment of pure fibre networks delivering gigabit services. Pure fibre is the future of business connectivity, and we are very pleased to be working with Level 3 to make this a reality in the UK.”
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