Medieval Street Boasts 100Mbps
Shambles in York now boasts internet speeds of up to 100Mbps.
12:13 29 September 2019
Shambles, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval streets with buildings from the 14th century, has joined the digital revolution and now boasts internet speeds of up to 1000Mbps.
The installation of fibre optic cabling along the cobbled street and in King’s Court was funded through the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, which has successfully secured more than £100,000 from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The scheme has been designed to help businesses gain access to funding for a Gigabit capable connection, which can be aggregated and enable the businesses along Shambles to raise the funds.
David Emery, creative director for Impact Communications Ltd in King’s Court, said: “We were actively looking to relocate as slow broadband was making our business unsustainable – the arrival of the new fibre broadband service has completely eliminated our need to move out of the city centre.”
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader of City of York Council, said: “Internet connectivity is not a luxury but a necessity to many of the residents and businesses in our city. This is why we are keen to work with providers and funders to give York’s businesses the best connectivity possible and allow them to experience the full benefit of living and working in the UK’s first Gigabit city.”
Cllr Keith Aspden, council leader, said: “Our digital infrastructure is supporting our residents and businesses with future-ready connectivity to be productive and innovative in the 21st century.
“We’re pleased to see the historic Shambles and King’s Court benefitting from our city’s connectivity and the success of another innovative approach to advancing York’s digital infrastructure.”