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Commsworld heads largest privately owned network

Ricky Nicol

Ricky Nicol: another milestone


Growing tech firm Commsworld is poised to become operator of the largest privately-owned network in the UK following pioneering deals with two infrastructure builders.

Edinburgh-based 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 business will almost triple the size of its existing dark fibre estate, connecting to more than 20 of the UK’s biggest cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London.

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. 

“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 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.

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.

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