Neos plugs into CeltixConnect-2 CLS for hyperscalers' gateway

08 September 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Neos Networks is 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.

Not only will it enhance connectivity in the Lancashire town, but the dark fibre New York to Denmark cable will allow traffic routing into and across the UK via Neos' footprint and then on into their desired European or global location.

Sarah Mills, MD for wholesale and smart infrastructure at Neos Networks said “Aqua Comms’ new CC-2 subsea cable system into Blackpool has opened up a number of exciting connectivity possibilities, not just locally but across the UK, Ireland and through to Europe.

"Extending Neos Networks’ core network as a dark fibre route via Preston into this region, enables us to offer hyperscalers direct access into the UK’s national fibre infrastructure, and on into the data centres of mainland Europe. Neos Networks will also enable digitisation for Lancashire industry, as we enhance our capability to deliver enterprise-grade connectivity services to the local businesses and organisations in the area.”

Billed as gateway for hyperscalers, the project will also support large content providers to utilise diverse and resilient networks.

With connectivity backhaul into the UK telco’s network, these organisations will also have access to a single, end-to-end connectivity supplier to meet the entirety of their UK connectivity needs, reducing costly and inefficient multi-partner relationships, whilst also facilitating a connection between Trans-Atlantic routes for those with global connectivity requirements.

Nigel Bayliff, CEO Aqua Comms said: “We’re delighted that Neos Networks, one of the UK’s most trusted and fast-growing telcos, is making the most of our infrastructure, creating UK-wide routes for the hyperscaler market, while improving the connectivity options available to local businesses.

"The work they have undertaken with their Dark Fibre network showcases how a connectivity provider can maximise the value of our duct, connecting the UK with European and cross-Atlantic data streams helping to create advanced digital networks,” Bayliff added.