A RAPIDLY growing tech firm will soon become operator of the largest privately owned network in the UK thanks to pioneering deals with two leading infrastructure builders.
Commsworld has propelled itself towards the top of the UK’s provider rankings after pushing the button on plans to build its own national optical core network, underpinned by exclusive access to long distance fibre networks from CityFibre and Zayo.
The move means that the Edinburgh-headquartered business will almost triple the size of its existing dark fibre estate, connecting to more than 20 of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London.
As well as providing a huge upgrade to Commsworld’s existing core network capacity, the new network will allow the firm to offer more than 250,000 businesses the very best connection speeds available at competitive rates – adding over 2,000kms of Dark Fibre to its xisting 750km of on/off-net metro ethernet tails.
The 12 and 10 year contracts with CityFibre and Zayo respectively, enable Commsworld to offer its renowned low-latency network connectivity and cloud services across the whole of the UK in what is the largest investment of its type in the company’s history.
Ricky Nicol, Chief Executive of Commsworld, said: “I can’t overstate how exciting this step forward is for us.
“This network expansion takes us from a predominantly Scottish-centric provider to a UK provider, another milestone for us in the long-term strategy to take the business to that UK level.
“Previously, outside of Scotland, we’ve used fibre networks owned and managed by others, but this development means we have full control – and the bandwidth available is only determined by the equipment we use on the end of the fibre.
“While we’ve been able to comfortably provide fast speeds and a high level of service, this expansion of our network opens up so many more possibilities to us to transform the amount of business we will do south of the border.”
The Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network Commsworld will build to light the fibre will be capable of a staggering four terabits per second on day one, but is effectively unlimited as faster optical transmission equipment becomes available.
In addition to the new 2,058 kilometre national figure-of-eight ring Commsworld will control across the UK, the firm will also be bringing 10 of CityFibre’s gigabit cities fully on-net.
This means a further 830 kilometres of CityFibre’s metro networks, addressing hundreds of thousands of business premises, will be accessible over the new network – allowing it to deliver a cost-effective service to cities including Sheffield, Bristol, Leeds and Milton Keynes.
The contract with Zayo delivers on-net access to Zayo’s extensive London metro network and opens up a wealth of opportunities in the UK capital for the Scottish tech firm and the option to utilise Zayo’s subsea links to the USA and mainland Europe.
As a result of the major network expansion, Commsworld will open another 30 points of presence (PoPs), largely in datacentre facilities across the UK.
As well as penetrating the corporate and enterprise sectors, these new capabilities offer huge potential for Commsworld to deliver transformative public sector network solutions, replicating the game-changing success achieved in current contracts.
The business achieved a step-change in its recent growth in the past five years, since it started delivering wide area network connectivity on huge council ICT contracts with Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders.
This network expansion puts the firm in a strong position to deliver similar contracts across the UK.
Rob Hamlin, Commercial Director, CityFibre said: “As a provider of dark fibre, CityFibre first worked in partnership with Commsworld to anchor our 150km network in Edinburgh.
“Since then they have used dark fibre to take full control of their solutions and services and truly differentiate themselves in the market.
“Through this latest deal, we are proud to support the next exciting phase of their growth”
Ricky added: “Working with Commsworld’s established Systems Integrator Partners, and in conjunction with GCloud10 and other Framework accreditations, this gives us the opportunity to significantly grow revenues across England”.
The firm has won approval for the services it provides on GCloud 10, a procurement framework that has generated over £3billion in contracts since its creation six years ago.
It has also been successfully listed on the Scottish Procurement Telephony Services – Dynamic Purchasing System, which strengthens the firm’s ability to support customers by simplifying access to its extensive portfolio.
Placement on those frameworks means it is now able to offer its services to public sector bodies across the UK.
Commsworld is an Edinburgh headquartered firm, with offices in Glasgow and Aberdeen and more than 100 staff operating across public and private sector contracts.