- New dark fibre connection to NGD data centre offers carrier-neutral alternative for major customers
- Hastens cost-effective delivery of ultrafast broadband to underserved businesses in the region
London – 30 April 2020
NextGenAccess, a UK provider of custom and wholesale full fibre network infrastructure, today announced the completion and immediate availability of a new 67 km high capacity carrier-neutral fibre network.
Connecting Bradley Stoke in Bristol to Next Generation Data’s (NGD) hyperscale 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 cost-effective carrier independent solution for delivering ultrafast broadband to thousands of currently underserved SME businesses across the region. At the same time, NGD’s customers including blue chip enterprise organisations, telecom operators, cloud hosting and service providers will benefit from the availability of an additional high capacity fibre route; for provisioning dedicated low latency high speed fibre network services between the data centre and locations throughout the UK and internationally.
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, “We are delighted our new dark fibre route is now connected to NGD and fully operational. 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 very cost-effectively, ultimately enabling significantly lower cost full fibre services for end users.”
Simon Bearne, Commercial Director, Next Generation Data, added: “As a major regional Colocation, Internet Peering and Cloud Hosting hub, the new totally independent dark fibre route is a key addition to NGD’s expanding 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.”
Meeting the ultrafast broadband requirements of underserved businesses and the public sector, NextGenAccess specialises in high speed connectivity and bespoke fibre. It is licensed to use Openreach infrastructure to deploy fibre networks under Duct and Pole Access (DPA) / Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) and can also use Access To Infrastructure (ATI) legislation for access to other infrastructure including canal ducts or utility infrastructure. Where existing infrastructure is insufficient, NextGenAccess’ Code Powers also allows it to carry out its own civils works.
NextGenAccess Ltd is a developer of ultrafast wholesale and custom fibre broadband infrastructure in England and Wales. Its core business is to deliver next generation, high speed connectivity products to allow organisations of all sizes to realise the commercial and operational benefits of cloud-based services, mobility and unified communications. NextGenAccess has successfully built an independent network across the UK with over 100 Points of Presence (“PoPs”) in ten different local authority areas, whereby small businesses in otherwise underserved areas can connect directly to wholesale fibre-to-the-premise (“FTTP”) broadband at speeds of up to 10Gbps.
NextGenAccess is a privately owned company with investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund, a commercial fund established in 2017 by Amber Infrastructure Group which has over £8 billion of assets under management with interests in digital and other public infrastructure, sustainable energy and real estate.
About NGD Europe
Located in the Cardiff Capital Region, NGD is a purpose-built carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility offering 750,000 sq. feet (gross internal area) of highly secure and cost-effective space housing up to 22,000 racks. These can be arranged into self-contained and colocation data halls of various sizes all with independent services, resilient power and cooling systems. NGD Europe’s environmentally-friendly high-level technology infrastructure has been designed to meet and exceed the ever-increasing demand for more computing power. Among its many features are a high capacity 180 MVA power supply direct from the super grid and sourced from 100 per cent renewable energy; and a variety of on-site high-speed, low latency carrier interconnects.