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Commsworld Secures Exclusive Access to CityFibre Networks

Ross Kelly



Commsworld has secured contracts with CityFibre and Zayo that could propel the firm toward becoming one of the UK’s largest privately owned networks. 


Commsworld has announced exclusive access to long-distance fibre networks from CityFibre and Zayo, a move that will enable the company to build its own national optical core network and propel it toward becoming one of the UK’s largest privately owned networks.

The firm said the contracts with CityFibre and Zayo, which are set to last for 12 and ten years respectively, will allow it to offer its groundbreaking low-latency network connectivity and cloud services across the whole of the UK and represents the largest investment of its type in the company’s history.

Commsworld Expands

This move will see the Edinburgh-based business almost triple the size of its current dark fibre estate – adding over 2,000 kilometres to its existing 750km of on/off-net metro ethernet tails.

In addition to huge upgrades to its existing core network capacity, Commsworld said the new network will enable the firm to offer more than 250,000 businesses some of the best connection speeds available.

The business has witnessed impressive growth over the past five years since it began delivering wide area network connectivity on huge council ICT contracts, which included deals in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Borders.

Most recently, Commsworld announced it would collaborate with Borders-based telecoms infrastructure firm, GB Technologies to bring fibre broadband connections to businesses across the region.

This network expansion puts the firm in a strong position to deliver similar contracts across the UK.

Commsworld Chief Executive, Ricky Nicol, 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.

“While we’ve been able to comfortably provide fast speeds and a high level of service, 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.”

Staggering Capability

The Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network, which the firm intends to build, will be capable of an impressive four terabits per second on its first day. However, Commsworld said it is “effectively unlimited” as faster optical transmission equipment becomes more widely accessible.

In addition to the new 2,058km network, it will also be bringing ten of CityFibre’s gigabit cities fully on-net. This means a further 830km of CityFibre’s networks, enabling it to deliver services to a number of cities including; Sheffield, Bristol, Leeds and Milton Keynes

Rob Hamlin, CityFibre’s Commercial Director said they firm welcomed the announcement and looks forward to supporting Commsworld through its next growth stages.

He said: “As a provider of dark fibre, CityFibre first worked in partnership with Commsworld to anchor our 150km network in Edinburgh.

“Since then they have used dark fibre to take full control of their solutions and services and truly differentiate themselves in the market.

“Through this latest deal, we are proud to support the next exciting phase of their growth”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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