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CityFibre and Gamma strike long-haul dark fibre deal

Gamma plans to connect 15 datacentres and exchanges around the UK using CityFibre’s long-distance and metro networks

Enterprise communications services supplier Gamma has struck an agreement with expansive fibre-optic network owner CityFibre to connect 15 datacentres and exchanges around the UK to CityFibre’s fibre network assets.

Gamma, which specialises in services such as cloud private branch exchange (PBX), call control and session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking, is also rapidly growing its business-grade data offering to meet higher demand for these services from its enterprise and public sector customers.

The agreement, which will run for 25 years, covers multi-terabit core and multi-gigabit access speeds over a resilient, 1,300km dark fibre ring between Manchester and London, and enables Gamma to take advantage of CityFibre’s unified long-distance and metro fibre offering.

“We are always looking to increase our capacity and the range of innovative services we can offer,” said Gamma’s chief architect, Andy Rawnsley. “CityFibre’s national long-distance network is an ideal mechanism for us to deliver the speed, resilience and flexibility we need in our core network.

“Coupled with its extensive metro assets, CityFibre has fast become a one-stop shop for fibre connectivity that is a breath of fresh air in the carrier market. We look forward to exploring how else we might work together in the future.”

CityFibre, which is now in 42 large urban areas around the UK delivering its Gigabit City proposition, acquired more than 1,000km of long-distance fibre assets from East Yorkshire-based Kcom for £90m in December 2015.

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The firm said that the acquisition, which put it within reach of more than 7,000 mobile cell sites, 24,500 public sector sites and 245,000 businesses, established it as a truly independent alternative to BT for communications service providers looking to build national-scale businesses using wholesale dark fibre.

Gamma is the first service provider to take advantage of its long-distance assets on a national basis, said CityFibre commercial director Rob Hamlin.

“The project demonstrates our unique capability to offer unified long-distance and metro fibre solutions to national service providers,” he said. “We look forward to working with Gamma to develop other innovative value propositions to the enterprise and SME markets.”

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