Press Release: July 25, 2016
The Bristol Network, the name given to the fibre optic network that runs through Bristol city, today announced that wholesale partners are already integrated, customers have been connected and they are unveiling an exciting new brand. The branding follows the familiar style to other council supported companies such as Bristol Energy.
Last year Bristol City Council awarded a 20 year concession agreement to the innovative partnership of ITS Technology Group and Net Support UK. The collaboration is to set up a network that can provide internet and other over-the-top services throughout the city by using the existing ducts owned by the council.
The Bristol Network has already integrated the first few ISPs and has attracted attention from a number of other prominent ISPs who are looking to connect their customers in the area. Two high profile Bristol digital and arts organisations Yogscast and Spike Island have already been connected by Spectrum Internet.
Jonathan Griffin, Head of Sales at Spectrum Internet said, “We have a number of business customers in Bristol with high bandwidth requirements due to the nature of their work. In the case of Yogscast, they also had tight timescales to meet which we could only achieve by using The Bristol Network. The pricing structure is straight forward and it is easy for us to upgrade any of our customers’ circuits up to 10Gbps capacity if needed. The Bristol Network has been designed specifically for this era of digital growth.”
Gavin Beckett, Head of Digital Transformation, Bristol City Council said, “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. This project dovetails perfectly into our smart city and ‘Internet of Things’ initiatives.”
Roy Shelton, CEO of ITS Technology Group concluded, “Since November 2015 BNet Ultra the joint venture between ITS Technology Group and Net Support UK, have been putting the foundations in place to support Bristol’s vision. We are thrilled with the demand and commitment that local business have shown and are delighted to already see tangible results. The network is quickly being utilised by the type of businesses and organisations that Bristol is so proud of. We have worked hard with our local partners to design and roll out the network to areas which continue to be underserved and starved of robust ultrafast broadband. Working in partnership with Bristol City Council and our partners the network will continue to evolve to be the largest and only council supported network in Bristol. The network will also form the basis for further digital inclusion and innovative solutions to be deployed via our wider global technology partners.”
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