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Nextgenaccess Get £22m for 10Gbps Bristol to Newport Fibre Link

Friday, October 26th, 2018 (7:54 am) - Score 841
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Some 4,000 small businesses in South Wales and South West England could benefit after network builder Nextgenaccess secured an investment of £22m from the UK Government backed National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF), which among bigger plans will also build a new 80km fibre optic link between Bristol and Newport.

The NDIF is a commercial fund that is supported by the Government’s £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF). Both are focused on supporting the construction of alternative “full fibre” (FTTP/H) style broadband ISP and Ethernet networks. NDIF is being managed by the Amber Infrastructure Group (Amber), which is an infrastructure specialist.

At present Nextgenaccess has already built more than 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) in 10 different UK local authority areas, which has enabled small businesses in “otherwise underserved areas” to connect directly via their wholesale Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network at speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Meanwhile the new investment of £22m will aim to extend this and help the operator to target 1,000km of new high capacity fibre routes across the UK by the end of 2020, starting with an 80km route connecting the City of Bristol to Europe’s largest data centre located in Newport (Wales), including a 4km connection across the Severn Bridge.

Mark Weller, MD of Nextgenaccess Ltd, said:

“NDIF’s investment will allow us to accelerate scale deployment of our independent ultrafast network across the UK, particularly to underserved areas where we can provide small businesses with unique access to truly next generation full-fibre broadband at a proven lower cost than traditional telecoms operators.”

Khalid Naqib, Senior Investment Director of Amber Infrastructure, said:

“Widescale FTTP and 5G rollout will make increasing demands on the capacity of the UK’s existing network infrastructure. Deploying wholesale access fibre quickly and effectively is key to bringing forward the next generation of connectivity for homes and businesses. With the backing of NDIF as a long-term, responsible partner, NGA will help to future-proof the UK’s fibre infrastructure and accelerate the ambitious transition to a gigabit future.”

The link is being developed in partnership with data centre operator, Next Generation Data (NGD), and as part of the deal NDIF will also acquire a substantial minority shareholding in Nextgenaccess.

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8 Responses
  1. James Blessing

    so nextgenaccess are getting government funding for DF…. Why the focus on 10G?

    • Why not? Perhaps at this stage it’s just a facet of how they’re building the network (hardware choices etc.). Being fibre it can of course go faster in the future, once the cable is in the ground.

    • CarlT

      Beats me. Aside from the transport network, which this won’t be I presume, 10G is being left behind.

      Maybe it’s a press release thing, James? Get the fibre in, plug ZR optics either side, cross fingers, celebrate?

      I did note the 80km route. ZR might just make it.

  2. TheFacts

    Wny, when other suppliers could provide the same?

  3. Meadmodj

    Sometimes it is necessary for the Government to stimulate investment. However the DIIF does not appear equitable to all providers with its criteria and process particularly hidden. From what I can see it is simply increasing the returns and reducing risk on private investment over that of others. There is also the issue where DIIF fits with LFFN of which I also have concerns.
    My own view is that the Government should not be subsidising Fibre capacity between Cities, that should come from demand. Any subsidy should be to remote towns in rural areas helping any provider willing to establish themselves in rural areas to get assistance with their INITIAL back bone.

  4. Simon

    Well I do wonder as a small business what this might give us. I live 200M from the Hub Network Services data centre. I’m looking at it right now. Will be interesting if we can get some for of FTTP from this – unless it’s just a hosting and co lo boost

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