Manchester Gets Some FTTP

Geo to install new fiber optic cables that will allow residents and businesses to directly connect to next-generation fiber broadband

January 14, 2010

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MANCHESTER, U.K. -- Corridor Manchester and Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) have appointed Geo to install new fibre optic cables that will allow residents and businesses on the Corridor – the Oxford Road area of the city – to directly connect to next generation fibre broadband, creating a true open access network which will revolutionise ways of working and using digital communications.

Jackie Potter, chief executive, Corridor Manchester said: “The installation of the new fibre optic cables will create a new infrastructure on the Corridor that will not only deliver much faster broadband speeds but through the open access network allow organisations, businesses and even individuals develop and test their own ideas for uses of the new technology without being held back by current limitations.”

The most immediate impact for people living and working on the Corridor will be much faster broadband capacity of around 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) and more, critically, both for download and upload uses. Users will be able to buy services from different service providers on the network providing internet access, TV, telephone and other data services too, as the new network will be genuinely “open access” allowing all service providers to lease the optical fibre from Geo to provide services to their customers. There is also potential for services and applications to be made available for free without having to go through an internet service provider.

The Corridor network project is managed by MDDA and funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Once the first phase of fibre installation is completed, it is already planned to expand the fibre optic network to east Manchester and elsewhere in the city by using both the existing and planned Metrolink lines.

Damien Bourke, policy & partnership manager for NWDA, said: "This is the first step on a journey to help make Manchester an increasingly competitive international city - a city in which businesses can find new and sustainable markets which in turn will help drive the regional economy. What better place to start this process than the Oxford Road area, where next generation fibre broadband will only generate further wealth from the people, ideas and innovation that make the Corridor a unique place to do business."

Corridor Manchester

Geo Networks Ltd.

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