Neos reaches milestone in network expansion programme

Neos reaches milestone in network expansion programme

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Neos Networks has completed a major stage of its Project Edge network expansion programme.

Specifically, the company has met the target of unbundling 550 BT exchanges before the end of 2021, delivering 100Gbps of high capacity fibre connectivity to almost 750,000 business postcodes across the UK.

Further, this announcement will see the company reach a full fibre footprint of more than 34,000km before the end of 2021, in support of the UK Government’s target for full fibre, gigabit connectivity to 85% of UK premises by 2025.

Neos' Project Edge network expansion programme also aims to facilitate the roll-out of a new wave of advanced 5G services for Three UK’s mobile network.

“We’ve hit our 2021 target slightly ahead of schedule and that represents a great leap forward for our company and our vision to be the premier supplier of B2B focused infrastructure in the UK. But it cannot stop there, and Project Edge will continue to reach out to help UK businesses access full fibre, high-speed, high-capacity connectivity on their doorsteps," said Colin Sempill (pictured), CEO of Neos Networks.

“During 2022 I would expect the number of unbundled BT exchanges to continue to climb towards 700, and we will also look to target last-mile fibre connectivity in key regional business hubs."

The news follows the more than 300 BT exchanges that Neos unbundled in 2020. All the unbundled exchanges will be available via the company’s LIVEQUOTE portal which gives customers quoting, ordering and price comparison service matching its own network against leading third-party offerings.

In related news, September saw Neos expand its network across Lancashire, and to connect its high-speed fibre network to the Blackpool cable landing station for Aqua Comms' CeltixConnect-2 (CC-2).

Neos Networks is acquiring a number of sub-ducts that connect the town's landing station directly into its own – near 25,000km – nationwide network, via a 30km dark fibre pathway.