Metronet (UK) brings broadband network of the future to Greater Manchester

Metronet (UK), the hybrid Internet Service Provider that has built the most advanced superfast voice and data network in the UK, announces ubiquitous coverage across the entire Greater Manchester region.

By combining best of breed technologies such as dark fibre & carrier grade wireless, Metronet (UK) has created a Next Generation Network (NGN) exclusively for businesses that view connectivity as mission critical.

Managing Director, James McCall says “There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by that you don’t read something about the way in which businesses in the UK is disadvantaged as a result of poor Internet & data connectivity. At Metronet (UK), we have been keeping our heads down and growing our network in a sustainable and organic fashion. As a result, Greater Manchester has by far the most powerful, sophisticated and resilient Metropolitan Area Network in the UK.”

He adds, “We’ve spent the last few years building a completely new infrastructure across the region from scratch. We have spent millions of pounds on scalable and resilient infrastructure and have built nearly 100 new points of presence. We can connect new customers to the network in a matter of days. There is nothing like this anywhere else in Europe, let alone the UK!”

McCall says that no business across the region can claim to be at a technology disadvantage due to their geography, “There isn’t a business in the area that cannot be reached by the Metronet (UK) network. Furthermore, we don’t suffer with the normal way leave issues that plague the likes of Virgin & BT, extending lead-times and often pushing the installation prices through the roof once the survey is completed.”

Metronet (UK) already provides connectivity solutions to more than 20% of Manchester’s top 500 companies, but its not just large businesses that benefit from these services, as McCall explains:

“Any business, large or small, can make significant improvements to efficiency by adopting services such as cloud computing or voice over IP. However, by doing this they place more strain and reliance on their data connection and it becomes like an umbilical cord. Reliability and resiliency are huge factors for these companies, tight service level agreements, guaranteed availability and 24 hour technical support are a pre-requisite.”

Metronet (UK) is also growing similar NGNs in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and Crewe, but the ISP says it won’t be stopping there, with expansion down the M6 & M62 corridors already underway.

McCall sums up saying, “2012 has been a very exciting year for Metronet (UK). We’ve completed a management buyout (valuing the business at nearly £15M), made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list and to top it off we are proud to be in the final 3 in our category for the Manchester Evening Business – we will be crossing our fingers at the awards dinner next week!”

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