CityFibre has today announced a major new infrastructure project that could seen Bristol become a ‘gigabit’ city.

CityFibre will begin work to commercialise 82km of pure fibre network assets in the city and surrounding areas, creating a state-of-the-art, alternative digital infrastructure in Bristol.

Triangle Networks, a locally based internet service provider (ISP) will be the ‘Bristol: Gigabit City’ launch partner.

They will work closely with CityFibre to encourage businesses across the city, to connect to the pure fibre network and take advantage of market-leading ‘Gigabit-speed-as-standard’ services.

As one of the most digitally advanced cities in the UK, Bristol is ideally suited to make the most of the new infrastructure.

The network will complement Bristol’s renowned smart city strategy, which has already made the city a test bed for innovative digital projects.

These include Bristol university’s city-sensor network; ‘Bristol is Open’, a laboratory exploring big data solutions to problems such as traffic congestion and air pollution; and the trialling of driverless car technology.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre comments: “We’re delighted to be able to announce Bristol as our next Gigabit City project and to be working with Triangle Networks, experts and innovators in business connectivity, to ensure its success.

“Bristol is already a UK leader in digital innovation, but its business community has not yet had the opportunity to take full advantage. This project provides that opportunity and I could think of nowhere more exciting to begin our latest project.”