Commsworld, Scotland’s largest independent telecoms firm has secured a contract with Glasgow City Council to deliver an enhanced Wide Area Network of ultra-fast fibre to the city’s schools, libraries and other council buildings.
The new contract is the largest to be signed in the UK in the last year and is the biggest in Commsworld’s 23-year history.
100 Times Faster
The new pure-fibre infrastructure will connect all council sites, providing bandwidth speeds of around 100 times the UK average as well as providing major improvements to network resilience which will minimise downtime.
In addition Commsworld will provide an IP Telephony solution for over 16,000 council users and a 180 seat call centre, creating new jobs and benefitting residents across the city
As well as improving the council’s digital services, the network will also provide a backbone for pure-fibre connections to the rest of the city’s businesses and homes.
Improving Lives and Communities
Glasgow City Council Digital Champion, Councillor Angus Millar, said: “Glasgow’s rapid development as a digital, connected city gives us the chance to completely rethink how we use technology to improve lives and communities.
“From world-class digital learning in our schools, to better connected businesses, access to top-quality infrastructure will transform Glasgow into one of the best-connected cities anywhere in Europe.
“Having one of Scotland’s big tech SME success stories at the very heart of that transformation is testament to their innovation and will help deliver huge benefits to the whole city.”
Ambition and Foresight
Ricky Nicol, Chief Executive of Commsworld, told DIGIT: “This contract has effectively given the green light for Glasgow to become a truly digital city capable of attracting the most exciting businesses in the world.
“It’s vital that our Scottish cities and their people are at the cutting edge of technology – so it is fantastic that so many will now benefit thanks to this council’s ambition and foresight.”
Commsworld employs 81 people across its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. The company posted £13.2 million in revenues in its last audited tax year and is expecting a 17% growth on that figure in its most recent figures, which precede the contract.