ISP Giganet, which offers gigabit broadband connectivity to homes and businesses via several platforms (Openreach, CityFibre and its own FTTP network), has signed a new agreement with Dark Fibre operator Neos Networks to secure backhaul and data centre connectivity for their full fibre rollout in the South of England.
At present, Giganet is busy investing £250m with Fern Trading to rollout their own Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to 300,000 premises across poorly served parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (here). On top of that, the operator is continuing to expand the availability of FTTP via Openreach and CityFibre’s wholesale platforms in other parts of the country, to maximise availability.
Work on the operator’s own-build FTTP project began in 2021 and Giganet currently aims to have both their core network and the first four exchange rings live by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, today’s deal means that Neos Networks – with its 550 unbundled exchange network – will provide the ISP with the local connectivity required to carry traffic to its data centres and across its national network.
This network expansion project will see Neos Networks support Giganet to deliver a more than tenfold capacity increase.
Matthew Skipsey, Chief Technology Officer at Giganet, said: “Neos Networks rose to the challenge of providing us with resilient and high capacity backhaul circuits across a wide range of exchanges as well as our core data centres. Using Neos Networks, we have been able to secure connectivity to our points of presence faster than expected, initially enabling each of our first four regional rings with resilient 100Gb/s backhaul. This means our south coast roll-out is progressing at pace.”
Sarah Mills, Chief Revenue Officer at Neos Networks, said: “Both Neos Networks and Giganet have adopted a collaborative approach to this relationship. This has resulted not only in solutions being delivered faster than ever, as the Giganet network grows, it also gives us the ability to transition connectivity between points of presence without any disruption. There is no doubt that by working in partnership with alternative network providers, like Giganet, UK residents will benefit from a better, faster, and more resilient connectivity.” ISP Review