NGD: Next Generation Data Partners With Openreach


By Nick Razey 08 | April | 2014


London – 8 April, 2014: Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has been selected by Next Generation Data to provide further high speed connectivity to its NGD Europe mega data centre in South Wales.

The deal will see Openreach providing additional fibre capacity and diverse routing to meet growing demand from NGD’s business and government customers.

NGD customers will have access to more than 200 communications providers selling Openreach Ethernet & Optical services to the end user business markets - including options from 10Mbps up to multiple 10Gbps services.

Openreach already provides high speed Ethernet connectivity to more data centres than any other provider in the UK, and it has recently signed a number of similar contracts with other data centre and storage providers. The company is one of the only service providers in the UK that can offer a fully resilient route into most data centres across the country.

Tim Barclay, MD, sales, marketing and customer engagement at Openreach said: “This announcement continues our major push into the UK data centre 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. 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, Next Generation Data, said “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 data centre 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 Openreach fibre network currently covers more than 18 million premises in the UK and is on track to reach 19 million – or two thirds of UK premises – by the end of Spring 2014. This fibre network underpins the Openreach Ethernet and Optical services portfolio, which offers affordable, high bandwidth and secure connectivity, whether that’s between two sites or across an entire data network.

Openreach’s Ethernet services deliver the very low latency needed to support the high speed data exchange requirements of specialist industries including government and finance services. They also provide the low jitter needed to support the increasing use of cloud-based business and mission critical applications.