Geo completes fiber ring connecting UK and Ireland

Dark fiber provider Geo Networks Ltd. says it has completed the newest optical fiber ring between the UK and Ireland, providing an advanced, secure, and reliable network between the two countries.

Dark fiber provider Geo Networks Ltd. says it has completed the newest optical fiber ring between the UK and Ireland, providing an advanced, secure, and reliable network between the two countries.

Built in collaboration with partners including ESB Telecoms, an Irish infrastructure and bandwidth provider, Geo’s new east-west ring will bring the Geo dedicated fiber model to Dublin and the rest of Ireland. Using Geo’s UK fiber-optic network and the FibreSpeed network in North Wales, Dublin and London are now connected for the first time in the same way as many other European cities, with a high fiber count, diversely routed fiber-optic cable system, Geo asserts.

Demand for high capacity, scalable bandwidth between the UK and Ireland is growing fast, says Geo, and the new diverse route design has been specifically optimized for heavy data users such as data centers, mobile and fixed line carriers, cloud providers, and the digital, financial, and high-tech sectors. With a high fiber count and the shortest routes, customers will benefit from virtually limitless capacity, best-in-class low-latency bandwidth, and future-proof and 100-Gbps capable technology that can meet even the most demanding of requirements, Geo adds.

Geo says multinational customers such as Cogent are already signed up to use this new network. In addition, organizations across Ireland can now connect to anywhere in the UK including direct connectivity into over 100 data centers and key internet exchanges in London and elsewhere.

“We are delighted to have completed the first fully diverse, Anglo-Irish cable system offering dedicated fiber solutions,” said Chris Smedley, chief executive, Geo. “With business demand for high-capacity data networks growing all the time, it is vital that they have the infrastructure to support their needs. Customers on both sides of the Irish Sea will benefit from a single service provider offering a combination of two routes between the UK and Ireland, and the diversity will provide unequalled resilience, unmatched in service availability.”

John McSweeney, head of innovation at ESB said, “The new fiber connection to the UK is a natural extension of ESB Telecom’s existing fiber network. Companies based here can now directly connect to over 100 data centers and key Internet exchanges in London and elsewhere in the UK through a single supplier. This is a huge boost to Ireland’s communications infrastructure, which will help to attract high-growth, data-intensive companies to locate here.”

A pioneer of dedicated fiber networks in the UK, Geo claims it is the only provider to offer private optical connectivity on two completely diverse routes between the UK and Ireland.

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