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Pure fibre network builder CityFibre is to begin work on a 48km network backbone build in Slough and Maidenhead, having already successfully completed a major project in the nearby towns of Bracknell and Reading.

When completed, the network will cover 38km to link Slough’s globally renowned Trading Estate to its town centre, alongside a further 10km in Maidenhead, will offer area businesses broadband connections of up to a gigabit.

According to the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), boosting ultrafast connectivity in the area could generate an additional £1.2bn GVA for the region between now and 2024 by increasing potential for competitiveness, productivity and growth as more business is conducted online.

“Berkshire is known as an economic powerhouse, and Slough in particular – a renowned hub for blue-chip businesses and start-ups – has grown its reputation as one of the UK’s most tech-savvy towns in the region,” said Nick Gray, CityFibre city development manager.

“From the latest Tech Nation Report, we know the digital technology industry contributes billions to the UK economy, creates high-value jobs and attracts investment from all over the world.

“This presents excellent opportunities for Thames Valley communities. It is vitally important, therefore, that this growing region has the best connectivity possible to enable it to remain competitive on a global stage.”

Connections to the new network in Slough and Maidenhead will be sold through local internet service provider (ISP) BTL Communications, which also works in Bracknell and Reading.

Managing director Rob Lamden said: “We have been helping businesses in the region with their IT, telecoms and internet connectivity since 2001, and we are very pleased to be working with CityFibre to make a real difference to the region’s digital landscape.

“Having grown up in Maidenhead and Slough from the age of nine, I am particularly motivated to bring the gigabit revolution to the towns I grew up in.

“We are now able to offer local businesses next-generation internet services at highly competitive prices that will turbocharge their capabilities and give them a huge head start over the competition,” he said. “And of course BTL will be alongside them to support their growth and to help them take full advantage.”

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