Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry set for ultra-fast broadband

Media captionCoventry's broadband puts it on a par with some of the world's quickest cities

Ultra-fast broadband expected to see speeds of up to a gigabit per second (1,024 Mbps) is being installed in Coventry.

The scheme is a joint venture between Coventry City Council and CityFibre and will see the first customers connected from the summer.

CityFibre said Coventry would become one of the world's fastest cities, joining the likes of Seoul and Tokyo.

The average UK speed stands at 17.8 Mbps, according to regulator Ofcom.

CityFibre is also behind plans to introduce gigabit connections in Peterborough and York, with similar schemes planned for Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

Plans for Coventry will see an existing fibre optic network commissioned by the city council six years ago upgraded, expanded and opened up to local homes and businesses.

The Coventry Core has so far only been used by public sites such as council offices, schools and community centres.

Speeds of up to a gigabit will be accessible through a number of internet service providers, CityFibre said.

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