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ICUK Includes Genuine Openreach Alternative

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ICUK has launched an extension to its leased line portfolio to include the introduction of CityFibre on-net Ethernet in 12 cities and Nationwide Wireless Ethernet coverage from 1275 Exchanges from BT Wholesale.

The continual appetite for leased lines has not only just drive down subscription charges, it’s given rise to clients who seek connectivity utilising multi-carriers and technology to achieve resilience beyond standard service level agreements.

CityFibre are laying their own ducts and fibre into major cities across the UK. This makes them a credible alternative to Openreach and Virgin Media Business fibre solutions which already exist in the ICUK portfolio.

ICUK will be offering both the standard CityFibre Ethernet, and a contended GPON alternative, for clients on a budget. CityFibre availability and costs are available alongside other carriers within the ICUK quoting tool up to 1km from existing ducts.

CityFibre network insights have also been plotted onto the ICUK Infrastructure mapping tool. This grants partners visibility of ducts from multiple carriers to aid carrier selection and decision making.

Paul Barnett, Director of ICUK commented “We are excited at the prospect of working with CityFibre as they continue to turn their ambitions into delivered city networks. Their existing on-net locations fitted in well with the quotes we were processing daily, and with the prospect of seeing the number of cities available to us doubling over 2018, it made sense for us to form a partnership early on.”

A second enhancement focuses on technological resilience by delivering high speed connectivity without the need for fibre. Wireless Ethernet is primarily aimed at locations which attract high fibre delivery charges, or for clients who want to achieve technological resilience. To aid visibility, ICUK has added 1275 wireless enabled exchanges all over the UK onto thier infrastructure maps. This is complimented by line-of-sight tools to achieve instant confirmation of whether the land geography between the two locations lends itself to the adoption of this service, without the need for a survey.

Paul Barnett commented “Tired of seeing complex or rural locations attracting high excess constructions charges, we needed a nationwide alternative to fibre. We are genuinely excited to have an alternative to fibre in our portfolio, with such a large coverage.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine