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North Wales - Great for Data

Spectacular surroundings and amazing infrastructure mark out North Wales as a great environment to do business.

‘Silicon Valleys’ project aims to attract datacentres

22nd January 2015 – St Asaph, Denbighshire – FibreSpeed has brought North Wales into the C21st ‘Data Age’ with a dark fibre network as stunning in performance as the coast along which it runs. The beautiful mountains and coast of North Wales look set to be enjoyed by some of the country’s most innovative and tech-savvy businesses as more and more locations are linked to FibreSpeed’s high-performance dark-fibre network.

The company today published an ‘infographic’ illustrating some of the reasons that make North Wales the ideal location for new datacentres. These include;

• FibreSpeed’s dark fibre network and it’s connectivity to the IT hubs of Manchester and Dublin
• Low energy costs and high energy security from local sources
• Physical security from opportunist threats and casual intrusions
• Skill workforce available through organisations such as Bangor university
• Low land costs and government support creating an attractive development environment

Hosting UK, which is part of cloud company iomart, is based in St Asaph and already delivers high-speed connectivity and data transit to its customers via the FibreSpeed network.

Phil Parry, Sales & Service Director at Hosting UK, said; “Spectacular surroundings and amazing infrastructure mark out North Wales as a great environment to do business. The low land costs, and the excellent energy production and generation assets of the area, coupled with relative seclusion make North Wales a perfect place for datacentres, particularly when you can use FibreSpeed’s high performance and reliable dark fibre network.”

The Digital Wales infrastructure, of which FibreSpeed is a key component, aims to create a great environment for innovative, research and technology organisations. The FibreSpeed network links key industrial locations across North Wales, from Holyhead to the Manchester gateway, making it a refreshing and creative environment for data-centric businesses. Space, power supplies, a skilled workforce and great logistics complete the picture for companies looking for a fantastic new location away (but not too far away) from the hustle and hassle of big cities. Perfect in fact, for datacentres.

Claire Bayley, project director at FibreSpeed, concluded; “North Wales is rapidly becoming a realistic ‘alterative’ business location for High-Tec businesses. It’s a great place to live and a relaxing and inspiring place to work. The Welsh Government has done a fantastic job of bringing together the infrastructure needed by data-centric and information intensive businesses. With our connections to Dublin and Manchester, FibreSpeed provides the key element of world-class data communications, meaning that ‘be anywhere’ businesses such as datacentres really can become ‘be here’ businesses in North Wales.”

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About FibreSpeed

FibreSpeed’s high performance optical fibre network encourages innovation and enterprise by enabling our partners to deliver next generation digital services and applications. The network helps to attract investment, deliver economic regeneration and boost productivity across the whole community. Originally backed by the Welsh Government, FibreSpeed is now an independent company within the global Zayo Group.

The FibreSpeed network, an open access, wholesale optical fibre network, is currently used by more than 350 businesses and more than 1,800 households across North Wales, supplied via 12 independent network service partners. Users connect to the network via wireless, fibre or 3rd-party tails.

FibreSpeed is part of the Welsh Government’s Digital Wales programme, supporting economic development in North Wales.

For more information on how a fibre optic network connection can benefit Welsh businesses please visit www.fibrespeed.co.uk.


10 FibreSpeed Facts

1. FibreSpeed is an ultra-modern optical fibre network with a fantastic track record for reliability.
2. FibreSpeed is the only network in North Wales that offers trans-regional dark fibre services.
3. FibreSpeed was a pioneering project prior to the inception of BDUK and is the only commercially successful regional programme which was not let to BT
4. FibreSpeed pricing is benchmarked against London and the Southeast to ensure competitive pricing competition for the region.
5. FibreSpeed is a high performance open access, wholesale network available through our partners.
6. FibreSpeed enables partners to become Virtual Network Operators, allowing them to design and build their own bespoke networks tailor made to deliver their particular suite of services and applications.
7. FibreSpeed’s high capacity and dark fibre services means businesses can grow their bandwidth usage without restriction.
8. FibreSpeed provides a bridge between the UK and Irish economies by connecting Manchester to a number of sub-sea links to Dublin.
9. FibreSpeed helps to encourage and support inwards investment and development within North Wales.
10. The FibreSpeed network is a strategic asset for the Welsh nation.

Contact Details

Christopher Webb
Metia (on behalf of FibreSpeed)
101 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AZ
o: +44 203 100 3748
m: +44 7515 285 043
e: chris.webb@metia.com

Anna Gronnow
FibreSpeed Limited
OpTIC Technium, Ffordd William Morgan, St Asaph Business Park, LL17 0JD
e: Anna.gronnow@fibrespeed.co.uk

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