Geoâs most successful year to date has seen a rapidly expanding customer base across its key business to business sectors, with 757km of fibre laid in London and 1,545km nationally. Londonâs Queen Mary University became the first educational institution in the UK to be connected to Geoâs sewer-based fibre network, linking two of its campuses and enabling it to offer data-hungry innovative research services to students and staff.
âCompanies in all sectors want to increase control of the networks on which their businesses run, while still focusing on their core offering; whether thatâs running a bank, offering HDTV services or delivering new mobile apps. As data volumes continue to proliferate, they want to be safe in the knowledge that their chosen network has the capacity to cope.
âWith the Geo network itâs possible for smart businesses to differentiate themselves and gain competitive advantage by opting for dedicated fibre that ensures reliability, speed and security. Geo has turned the traditional telco business model on its head, offering customers virtually unlimited bandwidth while allowing them to own and manage their own dedicated network,â said Chris Smedley, Chief Executive, Geo.
In 2010, Geo grew its number of public data centres connected to by around 20% and data exchanges by 50%, and continued its enterprise expansion by signing two London Market insurance firms. Geo also successfully expanded its media client portfolio by carrying TVT and BBC Worldwide traffic over new fibre between Chiswick and a major playout centre at 200 Grayâs Inn Road.
âThe growing trend for bespoke fibre networks is driven to a large degree by the CIOâs increasingly important role within businesses. Networks are not just about cheap data and voice calls anymore. CIOs understand IP and data networks, and have the knowledge to decide on â and demand - the technology that will best support their business strategy. CIOs are not forced to rely on whatever legacy approach the local incumbent has decided to offer them, and as network contracts come up, they are voting with their feet by switching to Geo,â Smedley added.
So far this year, Geo has already delivered 287km of fibre in the London area alone. As part of its continued network expansion, Geo is looking to connect the UK to Ireland later this year, offering the shortest route between Anglesey and Clonshaugh, Dublin, in a joint venture with ESB Telecoms.