Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre have announced that they're putting their heads together to fibre up the city of York.
We're talking a city-wide 1000Mbps FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) ultra-fast network which will cover tens of thousands of homes and businesses – and it's the first such scheme to be unleashed to cover an entire city in the UK.
The three firms will have a third equity stake in the venture each, with Sky and TalkTalk putting up £5 million apiece, and CityFibre's initial contribution being the use of its assets in York, namely its existing metro fibre infrastructure throughout the city. Fujitsu will also be involved in the deployment of the fibre network.
This is an important toe in the water for Sky and TalkTalk, as it should be a cost effective alternative to going the BT Openreach route when it comes to getting fast broadband pipes into people's homes. Apparently two more UK cities are scheduled for this treatment, though they haven't been named as yet.
No exact launch date or pricing has been confirmed yet, either, but 1Gbps obviously won't come cheap when it arrives, which should be at some point next year.
James Alexander, head of York council, said: "This announcement makes York the digital infrastructure capital of the UK. Gaining ultra-fast broadband across the city is a huge boost for our economy; providing significant new opportunities for businesses based here and better quality and value to our residents.
"I'm delighted that York has been chosen as the first city, building on work over the last two year's to improve the city's digital infrastructure, and that we'll see this in place as soon as 2015."