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Commsworld “Makes History” as First Operator in Every UK Internet Exchange

David Paul



Every one of the country’s eight internet exchanges is now being utilised by the Scottish network operator.

Edinburgh-headquartered Commsworld has become the first carrier to run on every internet exchange in the UK.

The firm has joined NCL-IX, a new interconnection point for data transfer from the USA to Northern Europe in the northeast of England, at the Stellium Datacentre in Newcastle.

Commsworld’s says that it believes the NCL-IX will become a “crucial transatlantic digital link”, helping to alter the UK’s internet infrastructure landscape.

The firm will achieve this by connecting the area to data from subsea, national and regional networks – including Commsworld’s Optical Core Network – for content, ISPs and cloud.

Commenting on the news, Charlie Boisseau, Commsworld’s Chief Technical Officer, said: “With the Aquacomms subsea cable landing at Stellium, we expect the IX will attract international Tier-1 transit networks to bring capacity over the new cable system into Newcastle.

“This will make a profound impact on the UK Internet Infrastructure landscape, as currently it only has internet transit from the south of England, via the English Channel, and crossing into the neighbouring datacentre and connectivity megapack in Ireland.”

Boisseau added: “The north of the UK doesn’t currently have meaningful connectivity, but now the physical cable exists, we simply need the business case for a major International network operator to light capacity over it.

“This new IX also means that through our Optical Core Network, Commsworld’s customers in the North East, as well as the south of Scotland, will benefit from low-latency connections to other networks in the region, keeping traffic local, high quality and resilient.”

Bruce Strang, Chief Operating Officer at Commsworld, commented: “A good illustration of the impact of NCL-IX would be through Commsworld’s connectivity services in the local area.

“Without NCL-IX, that traffic would have to travel to one of the other UK peering points – most likely London. With the round trip to London and back, additional latency – or lag – is added to the connection between the two networks, and they both have to maintain core capacity up and down the UK to carry the traffic.”


It’s another milestone for the company, having already joined IXs in London, Manchester, Leeds, Wales and Scotland.

The firm also saw successes last year despite the pandemic, announcing the final rollout of its £10 million nationwide ultra-fast optical core network in June, as well as securing a £5.8m contract from Glasgow City Council to transform digital systems across the city in December.

Gerry Murray, Chief Communications Officer at Stellium Datacenters, said: “It is great to welcome Commsworld to the NCL-IX. This further enhances a growing collaboration with Commsworld which already has yielded success.

“Commsworld’s membership of the IX complements the evolving IX ‘community’ of content and network providers coalescing into the North of England and Scotland.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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