CityFibre has announced a strategic partnership with its long standing wholesale partner, Ask4, a specialist provider of managed telecommunication services. The agreement will see CityFibre added to Ask4’s Strategic Supplier list, enabling Ask4 to offer ultrafast, gigabit-speed internet services over CityFibre’s pure fibre infrastructure to its business, student residence and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) customers.
The partnership is great news for developers of student accommodation as Internet provision has now replaced having an en-suite bathroom as the primary influencer on where students choose to live, according to the most recent National Student Housing Survey. Student accommodation typically represents very high bandwidth demands and only fibre offers the capacity, speeds and reliability required to deliver the next generation of Internet services.
“This Strategic Partnership will have long-term mutual benefits for both our companies and we look forward to adding value for existing and prospective customers in the business, student and multi-tenanted accommodation sectors. We have already signed five significant contract extensions with CityFibre as the dark fibre provider and we are very pleased to be enhancing our long standing relationship with them,” says Matt Eley, Commercial Director at Ask4.
“Businesses increasingly require unrestricted capacity in order to be competitive in today’s globally connected world,” continues Matt Eley. “With CityFibre as a Strategic Partner, we are able to offer a future-proof solution that can deliver all the efficiency benefits of ultrafast Internet today. Only a 100% pure fibre network can smoothly deliver next-generation applications and services such as cloud-computing and real-time communications like video-conferencing, as well as enable huge amounts of data to be transferred in seconds. These services transform workplaces, increasing employee efficiency and job satisfaction.”
“We are delighted to be in a Strategic Partnership with Ask4,” says Rob Hamlin, Director of Business Development at CityFibre. “Our two companies have a long standing wholesale relationship so this partnership extends that affiliation and further develops the business opportunity. As Ask4 expands into the business premises sector, they can now offer a much broader range of business services than they were previously able to thanks to the gigabit capacity of our fibre infrastructure. In addition, now that CityFibre is on the Ask4 Strategic Supplier list, we will be able to quote for supplying new customer connections and for replacing connections for existing customers with our ultrafast fibre network.”