Commsworld claims “largest INP” title as it completes £10 million UK network

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Commsworld has confirmed its completion of a £10 million, UK-wide Optical Core Network built on more than 2,000km of dark fibre leased from CityFibre and Zayo.

The ultra-fast Optical Core Network demanded investment in excess of £10 million, with the last Point of Presence (PoP) enabled in Huddersfield. As a result, Commsworld now operates the largest independently owned DWDM network in the UK, introducing itself as a new entrant to the national high-capacity backhaul market.

The project was driven by CTO Charlie Boisseau (pictured), who said: “Adding this final PoP to our national ring marks the culmination of over a year of hard work, and is a landmark moment for Commsworld. We can now offer our unique, more innovative approach to complex connectivity to any organisations that want it.”

Dark Fibre was leased on a long-term basis from CityFibre (London and Bristol up to Manchester and Leeds) and Zayo (Manchester and Leeds up to Edinburgh and Glasgow). Commsworld said the use of dark fibre allowed it to maintain full control and deliver “massively scalable bandwidth whilst keeping latency across the country as low as physically possible”.

The company has also developed capabilities to extend wavelength services to customer sites using third party fibre tails. Billed as “unique capability” the firm said it allowed ultra-high capacity of up to 200Gb/s connectivity to be delivered to almost anywhere within 80km of Commsworld’s more than 90 PoPs.

Boisseau added: “It has been one of our main objectives to operate our own true, cohesive, end-to-end optical network. We have now achieved it.

“Bringing this ultra-fast high-speed connectivity not only to 20 of the UK’s major cities but also the nation’s most rural areas is hugely exciting for service providers and ISPs – it means they can connect to a very fast, high quality, robust network almost anywhere in the UK.