The B-Net (Bristol Network) is a 76km long ducting and fibre communications network owned by Bristol City Council which was originally purchased from Rediffusion – a cable TV pioneer. It supports the council’s ICT requirements including telephony, data, traffic related network communications and CCTV.
In Autumn 2015, Bristol City Council agreed a concession to a consortium of two alternative network ISPs – Net Support UK and ITS Technology Group – in a 20 year deal. The consortium (BNET Ultra Ltd) will manage and maintain The Bristol Network duct network and could bring back into use the 60km of “unused duct“to extend it to more than 180km.
Helping Bristol businesses get super and ultra fast broadband
B-Net Ultra Ltd will utilise spare capacity in the network to offer new super and ultra-fast broadband services to Bristol’s businesses, at the same time as generating new revenues to help deliver better council services. It is hoped the consortium will be able to help the large number of of SMEs and incubator businesses enjoy the benefits of ultra-fast broadband, as well as other Bristol businesses of all sizes.
The consortium is expected to have a public launch in the summer of 2016 under the name of The Bristol Network
Businesses can register their interest in broadband services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, while ISPs can register their interest in operating on the network by emailing email@example.com