20 January 2022
CityFibre, the independent full fibre platform provider, has appointed GCU UK to lead its £42m investment in digital infrastructure across Gateshead.
The former is building new and better digital infrastructure for up to eight million homes and businesses through its up to £4bn Gigabit City Investment Programme. It is set to invest £42m in a new town-wide network that will bring full fibre connectivity – the best technology for the job – within reach of almost every home and business in Gateshead.
Construction work on the full fibre network will begin in February 2022. As work is completed in each neighbourhood, internet service providers (ISPs) will ‘light up the network’ with some of the fastest and most competitive broadband packages available in terms of both data and price. At its peak the project could create up to 200 new construction jobs locally.
“We need brilliant builders to deliver our full fibre networks as seamlessly as possible," said Jason Legget, regional partnership director at CityFibre. "In GCU, we have found a partner who recognises the importance of this project, knows what is needed to deliver for the people of Gateshead and can grow with us as we move into new areas of the town. Our vision may be a long-term one but, like full fibre itself, our roll outs are ultrafast and it won’t be long until the first households and businesses in Gateshead can experience best-in-class connectivity for themselves.”
Robin Kerr, commercial director at GCU UK, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed build partner for the full-fibre roll-out in Gateshead. We look forward to continuing to work with City Fibre and utilising the expertise developed through multiple ongoing successful full-fibre infrastructure builds across the UK. The exciting expansion of our business into the North-East of England has progressed well and we have had the pleasure of welcoming into GCU (UK) a team of experienced professionals local to Tyne and Wear who are already making great progress and look forward to delivering a new and improved broadband infrastructure to more than 109,000 properties in Gateshead.”
10 December 2021
Plans for hybrid working and future tech investment are calling into question the need for businesses to maintain or rely on their on-premise data centres, according to new research from Zen Internet. A survey of 200 business leaders across the UK, the company found that post-Covid, on average, only 11% of planned tech operations will be hosted on-premise. Off premise tools including SD-WAN (26%), artificial intelligence (25%) automation (24%) and application programming interface (24%) are the top tech investments set to be made in the next 12 months.Find out more
04 October 2021
Allvotec, an ICT specialist for major service providers, has partnered with disruptive cloud specialist Vapour, to bolster its unified communications portfolio.
As the market’s retirement of legacy systems continues at pace, in favour of next generation, cloud-based UC adoption, Allvotec “sought to collaborate with a UC specialist to accelerate its innovation roadmap,” it said.
Vapour has been appointed as a select partner for Avaya projects with less than 250 users. The Vapour Subscription Service (VSS) means Allvotec can securely deliver enterprise-grade UC services via Vapour’s private network infrastructure, with an end-to-end service wrap, complete with SIP if required.Find out more
04 October 2021
Business communications and SaaS provider 8x8 said Darlington Building Society (DBS) selected 8x8 XCaaS (experience communications as a service) to support the organisation’s digital transformation efforts.
Due to the sensitive and high-value nature of daily calls, the institution needed a robust communications and customer engagement system that could reliably handle steep call volumes, facilitate employee collaboration and provide secure payment options, regardless of where employees and customers were located.
DBS selected 8×8 XCaaS, which includes integrated contact centre, voice, video meetings, and chat capabilities. It implemented 8×8 across the entire business, ensuring that callers are quickly directed to the correct person. Staff can communicate and collaborate from anywhere and with 8×8 Secure Pay, the DBS’ employees can provide “reliable and secure payment options to their members”.Find out more