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Why Bristol is at the heart of the UK’s smart city plan

Last week saw Bristol unlock its doors to a well-connected future with the Bristol | Sweden Future Cities Summit, which centred on how to become a truly smart city. With a raft of inspiring speakers ranging from Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy to Volvo and Business Sweden, the event was a positive and productive day focused on how to achieve the city’s main objective: to take charge of its digital destiny.

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VX Fiber: The UK must boost FTTH funding if it is serious about becoming a full fibre player

The UK has moved from FTTP penetration levels of 1% to 7% over the last six months – is fibre deployment happening quickly enough or do we need to pick up the pace? Any progress in the expansion of full fibre networks across the UK should be applauded.  However, the market is currently 93% slow copper putting the UK in 27th place out of 54 countries worldwide, and second from bottom in Europe.

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Overturning the UK’s full fibre broadband deficit

The market for full fibre broadband access in the UK is at an inflection point. Can altnets reach the parts that Openreach and BT cannot reach? At the end of April, AIM-listed UK alternative network provider (altnet) CityFibre recommended to its shareholders that they accept a £538m takeover by an investment consortium backed by Goldman Sachs.

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Stoke-on-Trent residents could soon get ‘fastest broadband in the country’

The 1 gigabit per second speeds would make a big impact for internet users in the Potteries. The city council plans to build one of the fastest broadband networks in the country – thanks to £9.2 million of Government funding. Stoke-on-Trent City Council says the ‘full fibre’ project will provide residents and businesses with internet speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second, potentially giving the local economy a multi-million pound boost.

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Putting connectivity back into the hands of the consumer

Broadband service providers have faced backlash in recent months following misleading ads claiming to offer “full fibre services” to consumers. The claims were validated by research finding that almost a quarter of Brits think they have full fibre broadband, despite this only being available to five per cent of UK properties.

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VX Fiber Publish FTTP Master Plan for UK Councils

Swedish fibre optic builder VX Fiber, which is currently working to deploy a new 1Gbps open access FTTP broadband ISP network across Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire (here), has today published a new ‘Digital Masterplan‘ to assist other UK Local Authorities in their plans for rolling out similar infrastructure.

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VX Fiber publishes Digital Masterplan

As the UK Government opens bidding to local authorities and district councils in the third wave of the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund, open access Gigabit fibre provider VX Fiber has published a ‘Digital Masterplan’ to assist them in their plans for rolling out new high-speed broadband networks.

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Stoke selects VX Fiber for gigabit full-fibre broadband network

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced forming a partnership with VX Fiber to roll out Gigabit full fibre broadband to residents in the area. The council is working with the Swedish provider’s open access approach to build fibre networks in a bid to support its aim to transform the city, becoming a smart and sustainable ‘Gigabit city’.

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Computer Weekly Article

VX Fiber, a Swedish provider of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) solutions, has launched in the UK with a mission to help Local Authorities take charge of their Digital Destiny. VX Fiber can leverage its heritage and experience to provide fibre technological expertise in a country traditionally underserved by FTTH rollouts.

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VX Fiber UK Press Release

VX Fiber has launched in the UK with a mission to help Local Authorities take charge of their Digital Destiny. VX Fiber can leverage its heritage and experience to provide fibre technological expertise in a country traditionally underserved by FTTH rollouts. You can read the document in full by clicking the link below.

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