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Geo Preps 1Gbps Fibre Ethernet Product
By: MarkJ - 15 November, 2006 (9:33 AM)

Geo, Hutchison Whampoa’s UK network infrastructure business, has launched a new fibre Ethernet service in London – Geo.Metro. The product will deliver speeds of roughly 1Gbps (possibly even higher) to England's capital:

This development comes six months after Geo purchased its London network from Thames Water and National Grid. This network is diverse from all other Telco operator networks in the Capital as it runs through London’s sewer system, two metres below normal duct level. This unique characteristic means the network is highly secure and reliable. Further, it means additional fibre build avoids digging up the Capital’s streets avoiding both lengthy time delays, additional cost to operators and significant inconvenience to the users of the Capital’s streets.

London is the dominant metropolitan telecoms market in the UK and there is a real demand for Ethernet services up to multiples of 10 Gbps”, says Chris Smedley, Managing Director of Geo. “Large corporates take their data requirements seriously and are realising that solutions involving dedicated fibre give them the scalability, performance and flexibility that they need. This new London product enables existing customers to benefit from the Geo proposition in London and we strongly believe it will give new customers the “best fit” which they are looking for.

Geo.Metro is market competitive for a one year term and is even cheaper if the customer commits to a longer term. The discount is activated at the start of the contract ensuring that the cost of the Ethernet service to Geo customers on day one is instantly less than the lowest price on the market and will remain so for the full length of the contract. In addition, every Ethernet service sold will have the ability to be stripped back to customer dedicated fibre at any point during the term.

Being a top-end business product there is no public pricing information, although it's a fair bet to assume that none of us could afford one =).

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