Northumberland businesses to enjoy broadband upgrade

Leading UK telecommunication and business broadband internet service provider (ISP) Business Commsworld recently signed a further agreement with the County Council of Northumberland.

Valued at £22m, the deal will see the ISP replace the UK council’s current Wide Area Network (WAN), which has become outdated, with full-fibre infrastructure. As a result, businesses in the area are expected to experience enhanced levels of connectivity.

The new agreement follows on the heels of 2022’s contract designed to roll out a brand new full fibre and gigabit-capable network with the aim of connecting 110 schools across the county. The contract, which will run for 20 years, will now see the company deliver 262 kilometres (162 miles) of all-new fibre infrastructure designed to help “transform connectivity” in the area at 150 different council sites.

Furthermore, an announcement from the council stated that once in place, the new infrastructure will also provide access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) lines for over 120,000 business and residential properties throughout the county. According to statistics, many of these business customers have previously never had access to a network offering gigabit-capable fibre.

The new fibre infrastructure is set to be installed across Northumberland and will also be connected to Commsworld’s most recent Optical Core Network (OCN). An advanced next-generation solution, OCN represents a £10m investment and was built specifically by the ISP to improve the resilience and security of digital infrastructure experienced by enterprises of all shapes and sizes throughout the whole of the UK.