The contract will see Openreach offer additional fibre capacity and diverse routing, as well as access to over 200 comms providers selling Openreach Ethernet and optical networking services, to NGD’s partner base.
Openreach already supplies high-speed Ethernet connectivity to a number of other datacentre providers in the UK, indeed, it claims to be one of the only service providers that can offer a fully resilient route into most facilities. Its network covers 18 million premises in the UK and BT wants to grow this to 19 million – two thirds of UK premises – later this year.
Openreach MD of sales, marketing and customer engagement, Tim Barclay, said the deal continued its push into the UK datacentre market.
“By bringing our open access model to the NGD data centre in Wales, we’re enabling them to offer their customers a wide choice of high speed Ethernet services,” he said.
“We’re also speeding up the provisioning of our Ethernet services by building fibre links direct to major data centres across the UK well ahead of any customer orders.”
Nick Razey, CEO at NGD, added: “This agreement underscores Next Generation Data’s long established and highly successful relationship with BT both as a point of presence (POP) and as a strategic datacentre services provider.
“We are delighted that BT is increasing its high speed fibre capacity at our world-class carrier neutral NGD Europe facility which will further extend the wide choice of high bandwidth, low latency communications available to our customers.”
The duo talked up technical abilities of Ethernet services, including the low latency needed to support high-speed data exchange requirements in financial services or public sector installations, and the low jitter needed to support growth in cloud operations.