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First FiberCity starts to become a reality in California

SiFi Networks will deliver the network which will pass every home and business in the city of Fullerton and use "micro-trenching" for construction to cause minimal disruption.

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The network will meet a growing demand for data and facilitate new smart city services
The network will meet a growing demand for data and facilitate new smart city services

Construction of one of the largest privately funded fibre optic networks in the US is scheduled to get underway next month (June 2019) in Fullerton, California.

 

International network developer, SiFi Networks, will deliver the network which will pass every home and business in the city using a technique called micro-trenching which causes minimal disruption.

 

Growing data demand

 

The project will provide a significant upgrade to internet speeds and accommodate a growing demand for data from next generation devices in local households and businesses.

 

It will also facilitate new smart city initiatives in key government services, such as traffic control, street lighting and emergency services.

 

The Fullerton FiberCity network will be an open access network enabling a choice of internet service providers. The primary internet service providers on the network will be GigabitNow and Ting.

 

“We are delighted to welcome SiFi Networks and its ISP partners GigabitNow and Ting to the city,” said Ken Domer, city manager, Fullerton.

 

“Having a true fibre optic network passing every part of the city is an amazing opportunity for smart city applications, bringing competition to the city’s communication needs, and creating enhanced opportunities for economic development.”

 

Customers are able to pre-subscribe to service now with either Ting or GigabitNow. Pre-subscribers will reportedly benefit from the best deals; and the first homes will receive service before the end of the year.

“Having a true fibre optic network passing every part of the city is an amazing opportunity for smart city applications, bringing competition to the city’s communication needs"

“GigabitNow is excited to show the citizens of Fullerton what truly fast and reliable Internet is like. We don’t use bandwidth caps or sell our customer’s browsing data,” said Stephen Milton, CEO of GigabitNow. “Internet that is free from constraints and privacy worries – is how we feel the internet is meant to be.”

 

“Ting is excited to meet the people and the businesses of Fullerton and work with the community to bring the benefits of gigabit fibre Internet backed by a truly human customer experience,” added Elliot Noss, CEO of Ting.

 

SiFi Networks funds, builds and operates community-wide state-of-the-art fibre optic networks enabling internet service providers to deliver next generation applications including superfast internet, video and phone.

 

GigabitNow offers a complete solution for the development, construction, operation and support of community-based gigabit fibre networks. GigabitNow is a division of IsoFusion Incorporated, one of the largest privately held ISP and colocation providers in Washington state.

 

Founded in 1993, Ting builds, operates and provides services on fibre networks in select markets across the US. Fullerton will be Ting’s eighth market, and first in southern California.

 

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