Nextgenaccess completes Bristol to Wales fibre route  

Nextgenaccess has completed a new 67 km high capacity carrier-neutral fibre network connecting Bradley Stoke in Bristol to Next Generation Data’s (NGD) data centre near Newport in South Wales.

The joint initiative between Nextgenaccess and NGD utilised DPA/PIA code powers for gaining access to existing Openreach duct and pole infrastructure. 

The project also entailed the deployment of a 4km fibre section spanning the Severn Bridge (M48) crossing with 864 fibres in two diverse ducts.

The Nextgenaccess 432 Fibre Optic System offers alternate carriers, telecom operators, service providers and resellers a carrier independent solution for delivering ultrafast broadband to thousands of currently underserved SME businesses across the region. 

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has recently committed to taking multiple fibre pairs on the new route in order to connect its 12,000km UK-wide network to the NGD data centre. This followed an increase in demand for high capacity services to NGD and the rest of the UK.

Mark Weller, Managing Director, Nextgenaccess, said: "Our DPA/PIA license enables us to deploy fibre far more quickly with minimum disruption. 

"If we had followed the traditional road dig approach it would have taken over five times as long and cost more than ten times as much.  

"We can help address the UK’s full fibre deficit in strategic areas cost-effectively, ultimately enabling significantly lower cost full fibre services for end users.”

Simon Bearne, Commercial Director, Next Generation Data, added: “The new totally independent dark fibre route is a key addition to NGD’s list of connectivity options. It allows our major customers to have more choice, flexibility and control over how and with whom their ultrafast or custom fibre services are provided.”

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