A project has been unveiled to bring improved broadband connections for business across Kirklees.
The move by CityFibre comes after its announcement to build an 80km pure fibre network to deliver connectivity for public sector services in the district collaboration with Easynet.
Now the state-of-the-art network will be rolled out to increase speed of connection for thousands of businesses in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley.
The construction of the so-called Kirklees CORE will be “demand-led” – with the size and route the network takes determined by demand from local businesses.
To gauge demand, CityFibre has launched a campaign called “Gig Up Kirklees” at a special event at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Firth Street, Huddersfield. The campaign encourages businesses to register their no-obligation interest online. The more businesses register in an area, the more likely the network will be extended to reach them.
Construction on the network is due to begin at the end of this year with the first businesses being connected from March, 2015.
This leaves a “window of opportunity” for businesses to influence the network roll-out by registering on the Kirklees CORE website.
CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch said: “Building a gigabit fibre network in Kirklees represents a step-change as significant as the shift from dial-up to broadband. No longer reliant on the antiquated copper networks, Kirklees businesses will have the capacity to position themselves at the heart of the UK economy as the technological revolution continues to gather pace.”
Clr David Sheard, leader of Kirklees Council said: “We are dedicated to making Kirklees one of the best places in the UK to do business. We have unrivalled transport links, an extensive and highly skilled working population and some fantastic places of education preparing the next generation.
“A crucial ingredient to our success is internet connectivity, so we welcome CityFibre to Kirklees.
“The CORE offers our businesses an opportunity to evolve the way they operate. This technology will allow them to compete on national and international stages.”
Martin Hathaway, chief executive of the Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. said: “There is a thriving business community in Huddersfield and we operate to support our members and help drive growth.
“We will certainly be encouraging our members to sign-up for this clearly performance-enhancing network and look forward to seeing local businesses flourish with the introduction of the new technology.”