Fluidata in collaboration with ITS Technology Group, who builds next generation infrastructures, is pioneering a new project to re-use exiting fibre ducts in the Hammersmith and Fulham areas to provide an extremely cost effective wholesale fibre network.
The project will be supported by Fluidata’s Queen’s innovation award winning Service Exchange Platform (SEP). The SEP aggregates market demand for wholesale network bandwidth (backhaul) to more than 60 Internet service providers which will provide access to the infrastructure to more end-users and will be responsible for competition among large and niche Internet service providers. Hammersmith and Fulham has become the first council in England to let out access to all 15km of the underground ducts through which the authority's CCTV network runs. Under the developments T&C’s, ITS will pay the council for access rights along with a share of future profits generated by the project.
By using the SEP, businesses and home owners will have an increased choice of providers creating an amplified carrier competitive market place for end users. The unison of companies will bring faster broadband speeds and quality connectivity to assist small businesses to reach their full potential at a reasonable cost. Each business will be covered under the Fluidata Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and be supported by a 24/7 network operations centre.
Piers Daniell, Fluidata’s Managing Director mentioned: “Currently the Service Exchange Platform is the largest of its kind with over 16 networks connecting into it. While many might foster direct relationships with some of the major carriers, the wide choice and comparison of networks available allows the customer to make an informed choice. We are delighted that ITS’ infrastructure will now be connected into this platform, offering an unrivalled choice. The work ITS is doing really ensures that customers have a genuine alternative to the larger incumbent provider.”