UK full fibre provider leverages PIA and trackside rail expertise in first major infrastructure deployments
Hatfield UK – 14 June 2019: NextGenAccess, the UK wholesale provider of full fibre broadband infrastructure is taking part for the first time at Connected Britain, Stand 12, Business Design Centre, London, 18 – 19 June.
NextGenAccess is in rapid expansion mode with its growing full fibre nationwide network focused on meeting the ultrafast broadband requirements of underserved businesses as well as the public sector. Services over its fibre network are being delivered in partnership with various third party channels including carriers, mobile network operators, primary rail contractors, telecom value added resellers and installers.
NextGenAccess specialises in high speed connectivity and bespoke fibre and is licensed to use Openreach infrastructure to deploy fibre networks under Duct and Pole Access (DPA) / Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA). The company can also make use of Access To Infrastructure (ATI) legislation which gives access to other infrastructure including canal ducts or utility infrastructure. Where existing infrastructure is insufficient, its Code Powers licence allows NextGenAccess to carry out civils.
“We are scaling up operations and will leverage our PIA powers and specialist trackside rail fibre expertise to build out full fibre infrastructure in strategic areas of the UK, more quickly and cost-effectively than our competitors,” said Mark Weller, Managing Director, NextGenAccess Ltd.
He added: “The digital connectivity deficit in Britain needs urgently addressing and we are totally committed to helping close the gap, helping to deliver the country’s gigabit future.”
NextGenAccess is already actively involved in a number of high profile strategic UK full fibre projects. These include a trackside fibre rail deployment along a major rail corridor in the south of England, and the delivery of a new high capacity fibre route between Bristol and Wales. Both projects will enable ultra-fast, low latency network connectivity and services for thousands of underserved businesses by early next year. At the same time, as 5G comes into play mobile operators are looking to use the company’s strategically deployed fibre infrastructure to ease their rapidly growing backhaul data traffic challenges and requirements.
NextGenAccess is a privately owned company and has secured £22 million of investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF) to further develop its UK 10Gbps fibre network. It currently has over 100 PoPs across the UK, including Telehouse London and BT Tower, along with over 80 exchange/street cabinets.
Note to Editors – Current Projects:
Major UK trackside rail fibre deployment
A flagship full fibre deployment through a major rail corridor in the South of England is currently underway. Here, in partnership with a major primary rail contractor, NextGenAccess is leveraging its proven commercial and engineering expertise in the specialised area of trackside rail fibre.
Tapping into the significant potential offered by the UK’s thousands of miles of rail fibre infrastructure, NextGenAccess offers diversity from existing public telecoms infrastructure; quickly and cost-effectively bringing the high value, low latency benefits of full fibre within reach of thousands of neighbouring businesses in strategic areas of the country.
New high capacity fibre route between Bristol and Wales
Capitalising on its Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) licence, NextGenAccess is currently engaged in delivering ultrafast 10Gbps broadband connectivity to well over 4,000 underserved small businesses in South Wales and South West England. From early next year, local businesses will have unique access to truly next generation full-fibre broadband at a proven lower cost than traditional telecoms operators.
To achieve this, NextGenAccess is connecting Newport, Wales-based Next Generation Data (NGD) – Europe’s largest data centre campus – to BT’s Bristol Exchange. This is enabling a totally new 80km high capacity fibre route, including a 4km fibre section spanning the Severn Bridge, which along the way connects to eight further BT Exchanges allowing the network to extend within realistic and affordable reach of numerous local businesses.
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.