Commsworld completes UK-wide Optical Core Network

Edinburgh-based Commsworld has confirmed its status as a new entrant to the national high capacity backhaul market following the completion of its UK-wide Optical Core Network which is built on over 2,000 kilometres of Dark Fibre.

The enablement of a PoP in Huddersfield marked the completion of the £10m project.

CTO Charlie Boisseau said: “Adding this final PoP to our national ring marks the culmination of over a year of hard work, and is a landmark moment for Commsworld. 

"It has been one of our main objectives to operate our own true, cohesive, end-to-end optical network. We have now achieved it."

Dark Fibre was leased on a long-term basis from CityFibre (London and Bristol up to Manchester and Leeds) and Zayo (Manchester and Leeds up to Edinburgh and Glasgow).

Commsworld is already extending its DWDM footprint throughout the metro networks it operates in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders. 

It has plans to use Openreach’s new DFX product to extend its optical capabilities into the north of Scotland, between its existing PoPs in Dundee, Aberdeen, Peterhead, Elgin, Inverness, Kingussie and Stirling, as well as South Wales, between Newport and Cardiff utilising dark fibres leased from others.

The company has also developed a product to extend wavelength services to customer sites using third party fibre tails. 

This capability allows ultra-high capacity of up to 200Gb/s connectivity to be delivered to almost anywhere within 80km of Commsworld’s 90 plus PoPs.

Boisseau added: “Bringing this ultra-fast high-speed connectivity not only to 20 of the UK’s major cities but also the nation’s most rural areas is hugely exciting for service providers and ISPs – it means they can connect to a very fast, high quality, robust network almost anywhere in the UK."

Chief executive Ricky Nicol stated: “Access to excellent connectivity is fast becoming a human right.

“For a company like Commsworld to have built this optical network is a tremendous achievement.

“We firmly believe every corner of Britain should have access to the same ultra-fast connectivity as businesses in the big cities like London, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

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