04 May 2021
The partnership follows the announcement of a joint venture between ITS, the Liverpool City Region (LCRCA) and construction partner NGE in February. The joint venture will deliver a 212km high-capacity dark fibre network across Liverpool City Region’s six local authority areas and is a programme that will support and accelerate digital transformation across the region. As part of the initial phase, a resilient fibre backhaul network is being built, connecting three transatlantic cables and major economic clusters in each of the local authority areas.
Proximity Data Centres will include the fibre infrastructure as a core component of its North West UK go-to-market colocation data centre strategy which has recently seen the opening of two strategically located edge colocation data centres in Liverpool and Chester. The company has a growing pipeline of enterprise business, cloud provider and content delivery organisations requiring additional colocation capacity to enable them to move time-sensitive data and applications closer to customers and users.
“Diverse, high speed carrier fibre networks connected to high quality edge colocation data centres like Proximity’s are going to be essential for ensuring thousands of businesses in the Liverpool City Region get reliable access to low latency, highly responsive applications and services," said John Hall, managing director – Colocation, Proximity Data Centres. "The dark fibre infrastructure is pivotal to all of this and we are therefore delighted to support ITS in bringing this game changing project to fruition.
Proximity’s growing network of UK regional edge data centres will expand to 20 sites within the next 12 to 18 months.