Businesses in Oxford Road to get upgraded broadband

Michael Hunt

Residents and businesses located in the Oxford Road area of Manchester city centre are to benefit from the next generation fibre broadband.

Corridor Manchester and Manchester Digital Development Agency have appointed Geo to install new fibre optic cables that will create an open access network which aims to revolutionise ways of working and using digital communications.

The network project is being managed by the Manchester Digital Development Agency and funded by the North West Development Agency.

Jackie Potter, chief executive, Corridor Manchester, the regeneration partnership for the area around Oxford Street south of Manchester city centre, 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."

Geo was awarded the contract in December, following a successful tender to deliver the first phase of the fibre-to-the-premises network in partnership with Manchester City Council through Manchester Digital Development Agency. The initial phase will provide connectivity to 200 homes and businesses around the Corridor area, which is the Oxford Road area in Manchester city centre.

Geo is expected to start the first phase of network deployment in the spring. Further connections directly to 1,500 homes and businesses, will be phased over the next 12 months.

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