Bristol-based Hub Network Services (HNS) has been selected as the wholesale provider of Bristol City Council's new BNET duct fibre communications network.
HNS is now recruiting a number of locally-based IT support and telecom reseller firms to accelerate the roll out of the new BNET service.
BNET is set to deliver low cost, secure, high speed Gigabit Internet connectivity to thousands of businesses in the Bristol area, and follows HNS' appointment by ITS Technology Group, a nationwide public sector IT services company, which has agreed a 20-year concession with Bristol City Council to develop the network.
Approximately 80 Km's in length, the BNET duct network carrying the high-speed fibre optic cabling already covers most of Bristol, extending from Filton in the North to Keynsham and Long Ashton in the South. With plans to expand the fibre footprint by an additional 96 Km's in the near future, businesses further afield can also expect to benefit from having low latency fibre optic connections directly to their premises.
John Volanthen, CEO of HNS, said: "With its extensive footprint BNET is suited for quickly connecting businesses of all sizes to the Internet including the many media, marketing and software firms in the area with particularly large bandwidth requirements, as well as large multi-tenant office buildings and corporate premises."
Mike Jones, Head of Major Projects, ITS, added: "The partnership between the Council, HNS and ITS will enable the delivery of large bandwidth to local business throughout the City and support the regeneration initiatives of the Council and its partners."