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UK ISP Commsworld Secures Full Fibre Contract for 42 Dundee Schools

Monday, Feb 19th, 2024 (10:09 am) - Score 880
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Edinburgh-based business broadband ISP Commsworld has announced that they’ve secured a 10-year contract – worth £2.6m – from Dundee City Council (DCC) to help plan, design, migrate and manage a “completely new fibre network service” for 42 schools in and around the city.

The proposed new “high-speed fibre internet service” is said to be “replacing the council’s ageing infrastructure” currently in place in primary and secondary schools in the city which, due to the rapidly increasing use of digital devices and internet for online learning, is under increasing strain.

As part of this, Commsworld will invest in 40km of new fibre infrastructure across the city, with schools gaining access to initial broadband / Ethernet speeds at a minimum of 1Gbps (Gigabits per second) and scalable to 10Gbs per school. As well as enhancing the existing level of network security, this will also enable the sites to make greater use of cloud-based services and enhanced online learning facilities.

The new fibre infrastructure will be linked to Commsworld’s “next generationOptical Core Network (OCN), which they say has been built specifically to “boost security and resilience of digital infrastructure to organisations not only in Scotland but also the length and breadth of the UK“.

Craig Scott, Public Sector Business Development Director at Commsworld, said:

“Commsworld is delighted that Dundee City Council has chosen us to deliver new, resilient and highly-secure fibre infrastructure to 42 schools in the city.

We have a significant track record of success in this field across the UK. Commsworld has similarly delivered enhanced and easily upgradable connectivity to schools in Glasgow, that has totally transformed digital learning – one of many significant improvements made by our company to the city’s digital infrastructure – as well as schools in North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.

Likewise in England, we have recently completed massive improvements to connectivity to 110 schools in Northumberland, delivering a step change in particular for primary and secondary schools in rural locations, which previously had very limited capacity. We look forward to delivering similar positive outcomes and transformation for the schools across Dundee.”

Councillor John Alexander, Leader of DCC, said:

“These services will allow digital learning to be upgraded even further in schools and enable greater use of cloud-based services. The tender is structured in such a way that spare capacity will be built-in to ensure future growth can be easily accommodated.”

The announcement doesn’t say how long the new network and service will take to deploy.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Alistair says:

    61k per premise! Scotland higher taxes surely well put to work in this. I guess it’s a step above from Sturgeons pockets

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Don’t forget, this is a dark fibre style network for dedicated capacity.

    2. Avatar photo 125us says:

      This isn’t broadband. It’s a WAN with Internet access. Different product.

    3. Avatar photo John says:

      Begs the question why not just take a broadband product? Good only for the kids to torrent at school

  2. Avatar photo RightSaidFred says:

    Effectively £500pm per school for a 1Gbps service to each.

    Seems a lot.

    1. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

      Not for dedicated dark fibre, it seems comparable to what businesses would pay from what I’ve seen on this site.

    2. Avatar photo 125us says:

      It’s a WAN. It’s at the cheaper end of such things.

  3. Avatar photo Jacob says:

    What reason do they need dedicated fibre? What critical services are they running? Tax money wasted again.

  4. Avatar photo Martin says:

    I wonder if it will be similar to north lanarkshire, where comms word at Netomnia joined forces, although how many homes actually have service available in the area i don’t know

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