Businesses in Newcastle will benefit from digital connectivity boosts through a full-fibre infrastructure project with Edinburgh-based firm Commsworld.
Plans will see Commsworld work closely with NE1 Ltd, the business improvement district company for Newcastle city centre, to deliver “unprecedented” digital connectivity for organisations and businesses throughout the NE1 postcode area.
The firm said businesses will also have the opportunity to drive the infrastructure development by pledging their support to the new demand-led project.
“The more businesses that show no-obligation interest in procuring full-fibre connectivity, the quicker the deployment will be,” Commsworld said in a statement.
Businesses that sign up are more likely to be within easy reach of the network, with close proximity offering the potential of reduced costs and disruption.
Bruce Strang, managing director at Commsworld, said the network could be up-and-running within the next 12-months and that work will commence shortly.
He said: “We’re always looking for new ways to improve networks for businesses across the UK. Therefore, we are greatly excited to be working with NE1 Ltd to run information sessions to brief businesses on the new connectivity potential that awaits public and private sector clients in Newcastle.
“We plan to start work in Newcastle as soon as we can and we want customers to be up and running on the network within the next 12 months. An important part of what we’re doing in Newcastle is working with organisations like NE1 Ltd to map out the best route for infrastructure which will benefit the business community in the city.”
Commsworld has already delivered similar projects in Scotland, both in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Following previous full-fibre projects, businesses have been able to access connection speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
This new network contract represents a huge milestone for Commsworld’s work outside of Scotland and the firm said it will act as an “anchor for subsequent expansion” through the region.
Adrian Waddell, chief executive of NE1 Ltd, commented: “For Newcastle to be a truly smart city, we need to significantly expand and upgrade our digital infrastructure. This is as important as transport infrastructure and can only be achieved with new fibre optic cabling into every business premises across the city.”