Neos, CityFibre strengthen Ethernet expansion programme

Neos Networks, in collaboration with CityFibre, is expanding its Ethernet network with the addition of nine new urban areas

Neos Networks has today announced it is expanding its Ethernet network, adding a further nine urban areas to cities across the UK. The move is part of the company’s continued partnership with UK-based digital infrastructure provider, CityFibre. The cities receiving the areas include Cambridge, Cheltenham, Coventry, Derby, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Peterborough, Southend, and Swindon.

The partnership between Neos Networks and CityFibre will provide customers with access to business-grade Ethernet connectivity on the CityFibre Network and ensure that customers have greater optionality and flexibility when choosing providers, the companies claimed. 

The Neos Networks and CityFibre partnership

Sarah Mills, Marketing Director for Wholesale and Smart Infrastructure at Neos Networks, said: “Neos Networks and CityFibre have both invested substantially in UK fibre networks over the last ten years, challenging the status quo and developing a strong proposition in the market. This development of our partnership means we can now offer businesses enhanced, self-serve, last-mile capability in more locations than ever before. 

“With business connectivity needs increasing, offering a new network alternative for multi-location businesses can help them on the path to recovery,” She said.

Andrew Wilson, Head of Wholesale at CityFibre, added: “The CityFibre network is expanding rapidly and the extended partnership with Neos Networks helps to meet increased demand, providing all-important choice in the market. As a renowned disrupter in the market, establishing partnerships such as these helps us to offer our customers the best network experience possible. 

“This relationship is a perfect fit due to our companies’ like-minded approach to tackling UK connectivity challenges and the vision towards improving the digital future of Britain,” he said.

The nine cities involved in the programme will join the 15 other CityFibre regions introduced in 2019. Customers will be able to quote and order from all the cities using Neos Networks’ price comparison tool, LIVEQUOTE, with two of the cities, Cambridge and Swindon, available for quotes from today, the company announced. The additional seven locations are due to be completed within the next month. 

Following a recent investment in the LIVEQUOTE portal, Neos Networks claims that its customers have “better transparency when selecting a last-mile service provider.” It also says they have “clear visibility of third party availability for local access points.” 

Neos’ own network and exchange target 

As well as the agreement with CityFibre, Neos Networks is also on its way to achieving its target of more than doubling the number of exchanges made to its own network, aiming to reach up to 550 by the end of 2021. The company says that the majority of these exchanges will provide 100Gbps of high capacity options and 10Gbps of Ethernet connectivity as standard. The enhancement of Neos’ network footprint will also provide the company with a 10,000km of fibre network.

As businesses in the UK recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and digital transformation becomes a necessity to meet the growing demands of the digital world, Neos also says that the network expansion will help businesses across the new cities to support the digital shift through facilitating the rollout of high capacity, reliable full fibre networks, offering increased access to support business growth and economic recovery. 



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