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Insomnia Gaming Festival in Scotland

Ultra-fast network means game on for Edinburgh

Andy ArkleBritain’s biggest gaming festival is coming to Scotland for the first time and it has been made possible after the venue joined an ultra-fast business network.

The Insomnia Gaming Festival this weekend will see thousands of gaming enthusiasts converge on the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

It has chosen the venue after the EICC adopted Commsworld’s ultra-fast service, developed by infrastructure builder, CityFibre.

To provide the ultimate conditions for the gamer event, the EICC’s connection will be temporarily supercharged, allowing for some of the fastest network speeds present anywhere in the UK – up to an unprecedented ten gigabit per second.

Andy Arkle (pictured), commercial director at Commsworld, said the event demonstrates the strength of the network. “In effect we have been able to temporarily ramp up the already substantial bandwidth, a practical option for the likes of EICC, who would have normally had to stretch to expensive annual contracts in order to have access of such ultra fast network speeds,” he said.

“High speeds are essential for online gaming – where you need as fast a response time as you can get. So in a room with thousands of gamers along with software writers demonstrating products, it becomes apparent that these incredible network speeds are a necessity.”

Richard Lloyd, EICC’s client ICT manager, believes the ultra-fast connectivity in a venue like the EICC will have a huge positive impact.

“Insomnia Gaming Scotland is a great example of an event which relies on ultra-fast connectivity to make it happen,” he said.

Commsworld, which has now grown to 63 staff, is the official partner to the Cityfibre Edinburgh CORE network, helping organisations in the capital achieve up to gigabit speed connectivity through pure fibre infrastructure.

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