Today saw the first hole dug for Peterborough's new Gigabit fibre network. Those of us "in the know" have been really enthusiastic about the new Gigabit network coming to Peterborough. Some have asked us why? .... a fair question ..... so here goes!
What is Gigabit broadband?
This is best answered by a comparison to your current connection. If you are in Fengate, Orton Southgate, Hampton, Thorpe Wood or Woodston it is likely you will have a connection speed of 3mbps to 5mbps. If you are "lucky" and are benefiting from a BT or Virgin lease line and paying hundreds of pounds per month; you might even see 100mbps. Gigabit is 1000 mbps.
To put that in perspective; it would currently take you 20-30 hours to download a 90 minute HD movie. With Gigabit it would take you 3 minutes 36 seconds. Not that I would advocate such frivolity in the workplace of course; but such speeds open doors to technologies to improve the bottom line, efficiency and customer communication.
Given BT have neglected our key commercial areas with no indication of changing their policy, and with Virgin only focusing their affordable services in residential areas; CityFibre's Peterborough Core is our only hope in the foreseeable future to improve our lot at a reasonable cost.
Who are Peterborough Core?
Peterborough Core is the trading name of CityFibre for the Peterborough Gigabit network. They are laying 90km of fibre around Peterborough connecting up key council sites, schools and colleges. If demand is demonstrated they can also provide the same network to local businesses as the network installation passes by. The availability of the connection however is entirely predicated on that demand being demonstrated and done so early in the process. That time is upon us now.
The price quoted for a Gigabit connection is estimated at the moment at £250.00 per month. Yes, it may seem expensive for a "broadband" connection; but this is no ordinary broadband connection and adoption of technologies such as VOIP and the associated savings on telephone lines can go a long way to negate this cost, while benefiting form the strategic advantages of both.
CityFibre have setup a website where you can register your interest without commitment. I would encourage all of you who are interested and have not already done so to complete the short form here http://peterboroughcore.com . It is non-technical, painless and does not obligate you to anything.
What would really help however is if you know of any colleagues who are also suffering appalling broadband and are discontented; please forward this URL on to them and encourage them to also register.
The Yes2Fibre campaign is organised by EasylifeIT and has no commercial interest in CityFibre or PeterboroughCore