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FACTCO Bring 10Gbps Broadband to 180 Baltic Creative Firms

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 (3:00 pm) - Score 1,379

UK ISP FACTCO (Fibre & Communication Technology Company) has announced that they’ve extended their 10Gbps capable “full fibre” network to cover all of the 180+ businesses (c.600 staff) in the Baltic Creative CIC, which is situated within Liverpool’s (Merseyside) Baltic Triangle area and is supported by the Government’s voucher scheme.

Before we get started it’s important to clarify that this is a separate network from one deployed a couple of years ago by Baltic Broadband and the Liverpool Internet Exchange (here), which also expanded a 10Gbps network to be within reach of businesses in various parts of Liverpool and beyond (e.g. the Baltic Triangle, The Fabric District, Lime Street/Renshaw street, Everton and Vauxhall areas etc.).

By comparison FACTCO has supported Baltic Creative CIC by facilitating the funding for the businesses in their buildings with a new “full fibre” network across their estate, which currently spans across 5 sites (120,00sq/ft) in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. As part of that the businesses within Baltic Creative created a Community Fibre Project to utilise the DCMS Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (i.e. up to £2,500 per business).

The arrangement appears to be similar to one that FACTCO was involved with last year, which saw them aggregate around £100k of vouchers to help connect c.40 businesses along The Shambles street in the city of York (England) to a new full fibre network (here).

Mark Lawler, MD of Baltic Creative CIC, said:

“We currently house over 180 creative and digital businesses across our estate and it’s absolutely vital to them, that we have the most efficient and quality service of internet. The install of this new connection has been a large and complex job for FACTCO and even when their team has been presented with challenges along the way, they have gone above and beyond to provide support ensuring that our service has remained unscathed.

As an organisation, we champion collaboration and it’s brilliant to work with a local suppler, like FACTCO, that’s based right on our doorstep.”

Lee Murphy, Managing Director of FACTCO, said:

“Delivering a service like this to Baltic Creative CIC and the businesses they support is what we specialise in. FACTCO utilises the funding from DCMS to allow us to deliver projects like this and improve SME’s connectivity. We now support a wide range of creatives, all of which had different needs and requirements that were considered and managed within the one installation.

Our networks are funded, designed, built, managed and supplied by us. We work hard to deliver full fibre networks that are reliable, secure, powerful and have the ability to be upgraded so no business gets left behind. As a Liverpool based ISP we’re proud to be involved in this project, Baltic Creative CIC are doing great work for the city and we look forward to supporting them further in the future.”

No solid details have been released to clarify how much this deployment cost, although FACTCO did say that ordinarily such a bespoke fibre network would have “cost tens of thousands of pounds“. Apparently businesses in Baltic Creative have complete control over this new network, which will initially offer symmetrical speeds of 1Gbps to each firm but can be upgraded to 10Gbps when required.

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  1. Avatar Packet Switched

    Is this – and Baltic Broadband before it – enabled by readily available ducts or their approximation in some way in old central Liverpool.
    Cabling through the basins of the original Liverpool docks? There may well be disused hydraulic mains round them.

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