Extension to city network

Oil and gas demand puts more fibre in Aberdeen

Ricky NicolAberdeen’s ultra-fast fibre network is to be extended after the company installing it secured a number of deals in the oil and gas sector.

Commsworld, Scotland’s largest independent telecommunications and digital services provider, has recently secured landmark contracts with key businesses in the region, many forced to address operational costs during the tough economic climate.

Since the turn of the year, it has landed contracts with a number of established firms, including Harris Caprock, Fugro Subsea and Statsgroup. 

An expansion to the existing infrastructure will underline this more positive outlook, as Commsworld helps extend the current network by 59%.

It means an additional 32 km of infrastructure will be put in place over the next 12 months.

Ricky Nicol (pictured), Commsworld chief executive, said: “It is evident that a great number of businesses in the city are either feeling the pinch of the low oil price directly or the knock on effects of the industry downturn and simply need to make efficiency savings. 

“Slow and inconsistent internet speeds cause untold harm to businesses, but with a gigabit connection ultra-fast speeds are possible which in turn helps efficiency with faster upload speeds, the bandwidth to cope with cloud computing and resilient connectivity – all benefitting the bottom line.”

Commsworld has connected a number of its clients to the CityFibre network while using Brightsolid’s data centre, now accessible via the firm through the Aberdeen CORE network – and able to provide businesses with vital data handling from the centre at ultra-fast service speeds. 

Mr Nicol added: “The opportunity to tap into the state-of-the-art data centre on Brightsolid’s Lang Stracht site is saving firms both the expense and the sheer space requirements of their own extensive servers and instead makes for an easy decision for many firms faced with modernising systems at this difficult time for the industry.

“Aberdeen is, of course, facing difficulties, but the technological infrastructure it now has in place is at the absolute highest end of what is achievable – and puts the city amongst the likes of Stockholm and Seoul as global tech leaders.

“Hopefully, that very infrastructure will have a star role in ensuring that the North East economy will return to where it should be.”

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