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Author Topic: Infrastructure Alliance Extends 10Gbps Fibre Network into Tameside  (Read 378 times)


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Infrastructure Alliance Extends 10Gbps Fibre Network into Tameside
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:40:34 AM »

Gigabit broadband and Ethernet speeds look set to connect public sector sites, businesses and social housing in the metropolitan borough of Tameside. The news comes after a new alliance was formed to help extend The Loop, which is known as Greater Manchester’s largest independent fibre optic network.

At present only around half of premises in Tameside can access “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) ISP speeds and nearly all of that comes from Virgin Media’s hybrid fibre UK cable (EuroDOCSIS) network, as well as a small amount of Openreach’s (BT) new technology. Meanwhile Gigabit (1000Mbps+) capable “full fibre” (FTTP) providers have not made any huge inroads into the area.

The good news is that this situation is about to change thanks to a new alliance between Tameside’s Digital Infrastructure Cooperative and The Loop, which is managed by Gamma. The Loop network, which is now 170km long and was revived in 2012 after laying dormant for years (more on that later), currently focuses much of its fibre infrastructure around central Manchester.

Under today’s new agreement The Loop will soon connect to 12km of ducting along the Metrolink tram lines out to Ashton and this will then link into a new fibre network in Tameside, where a further 50km is either complete or under construction.

    Bill Fairfoull, Tameside Council’s Deputy Leader, said:

    “This is the type of technological change and investment that is making our businesses competitive in the 21st century economy. It demonstrates Tameside Council’s commitment to creating an environment that will attract more and more hi-tech companies into the borough.

    Almost half of our businesses and properties will be close to a connection working through the new state of the art data centre being built as part of the phase II redevelopment of the Victorian former swimming baths in Ashton-under-Lyne.

    Tameside will soon have unrivalled fibre coverage, and internet connectivity speeds that are among the fastest in the country. Through our innovate Digital Cooperative our companies and residents can look forward to a win-win situation where they will have greater choice and lower prices.”

    Ashley Griffiths, Managing Director of The Loop, said:

    “We always have had fibre in Manchester, Salford and Trafford so it’s great to extend our reach in Greater Manchester and serve the borough of Tameside. It’s been fantastic to work with such a forward-thinking local authority who shares our vision.

    This is something that together we have been aspiring to achieve for years, so to reach this point is a major milestone for both Digital Tameside and ourselves. It also aligns perfectly with GMCA’s DCMS LFFN Award (Local Full Fibre Networks) that the Combined Authority won earlier this year to support the role out of fibre to the premises across Greater Manchester. It serves as a shining example of what can be achieved through a more joined up approach to existing digital assets.

    The fibre will not only enable Tameside businesses and major public sector buildings to access next generation internet services, but it will open up connections to our wider network including a significant number of data centres and major media hubs such as MediaCityUK and the new St John’s development. This will allow local firms to work more competitively and stay ahead of the game.”
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