The Californian city becomes fibre optic network developer SiFi Networks’ first FiberCity in the US with several others lined up to follow.
Fullerton in California is set to become the first FiberCity in the US. It will be home to the country’s biggest privately funded open access network from international fibre optic network developer SiFi Networks (SiFi).
The project will be funded by the Smart City Infrastructure Fund, a global investment fund managed by Whitehelm Capital and backed by APG, the largest pension delivery organisation in the Netherlands.
SiFi, whose aim is to revolutionise the North American telecoms market and deliver more privately funded networks, said several cities are already in line to be next.
“We are excited to deliver our first FiberCity in the USA, an investment that sets the standard for fiber optic infrastructure as a core utility,” said Ben Bawtree-Jobson, CEO of SiFi Networks. “We believe that our business model can transform the telecoms market in the USA. “Privately funded, open access networks will not only benefit residents and businesses, but also provide citywide platforms for smart city applications including 5G and more.”
SiFi claimed the network will provide a significant upgrade to internet speeds and accommodate the growing demand for data from next generation devices in households and businesses. It will also facilitate new smart city initiatives in key government services such as traffic control, street lighting and emergency services.
“Privately funded, open access networks will not only benefit residents and businesses, but also provide citywide platforms for smart city applications including 5G and more”
The network will also provide a platform for the future expansion of 4G and 5G cellular networks into the area.
“We are delighted to welcome SiFi Networks and its ISP partners Ting and GigabitNow to the city,” stated Fullerton city manager, Ken Domer. “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.”
SiFi funds, builds and operates the network whilst partnering with internet service providers (ISPs) who bring their marketing and customer service expertise to deliver retail services (internet, TV and voice) to residents and businesses throughout the entire city without demographic segmentation.
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