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CityFibre & Fujitsu Announce Fibre Partnership

CityFibre and Fujitsu have announced a partnership whereby the two firms will work together in developing CityFibre's plans to deploy gigabit capable fibre throughout second tier cities in the UK.

Fujitsu will undertake key planning, building and operation responsibilities, accelerating the fibre roll out, with the company picking up an initial £50 million contract for its expertise.

CityFibre intends to roll out fibre infrastructure to in excess of a million UK homes, and 50,000 businesses across the country.

Greg Mesch, CityFibre's CEO, commented: "We are delighted to be working with Fujitsu. Fujitsu's credentials in network deployment could not be stronger and few companies have as much knowledge of UK telecoms infrastructure. They are uniquely positioned to assist CityFibre in meeting our ambitious objectives across the entire fibre infrastructure spectrum, from mobile backhaul to metro networks and Fibre-to-the Premises."

The two firms have already partnered up to accomplish a previous project, with Fujitsu constructing CityFibre's hundred kilometre fibre optic network around the city of York. That network serves as the backbone for FTTP which is set to be deployed across the city.

Andy Stevenson, CEO of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, added: "We are very happy to embark on this agreement with CityFibre. This project takes advantage of all Fujitsu's core competencies including planning, building and operating next generation access networks across the world. We are excited by the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking company and look forward to delivering world-class infrastructure across the UK."