CityFibre has continued to expand its pure fibre network in the UK with a launch in Milton Keynes alongside partners dbfb and Exa Networks.

The new 160km network will serve businesses thanks to enterprise-focused service provider dbfb and schools and colleges thanks to education partner Exa Networks.

According to CityFibre, Milton Keynes suffers from internet speeds “well below” the government’s defined measure of superfast broadband.

The city is, however, home to smart city initiative called MK:Smart built around a big data hub.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said: “We’re thrilled to be announcing Milton Keynes as our next Gigabit City.

“Despite leading the way in smart city thinking, this city is yet another example of those still strangled by poor digital connectivity.

“Our pure fibre network, now available to businesses through our partners at dbfb, will catapult Milton Keynes to be alongside some of the best connected cities in the world.”

CityFibre’s nationwide network currently passes 260,000 businesses and 3.7 million homes.

Last week, it teamed up with Gigaclear in a bid to bring pure fibre broadband to “hundreds of thousands” of rural homes and businesses in the UK.

Alongside other alternative pure fibre players, CityFibre is taking on BT’s Openreach division as a provider of wholesale services.

[Read more: Openreach rivals to drive growth in UK broadband market, research claims]

Last month, new Openreach CEO Clive Selley said that “the time is right” for the company to focus on ultrafast networks.

He plans to provide pure fibre technology to two million premises by 2020.

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