Geo Networks announces completion of East-West Ring

Geo Networks announces completion of East-West Ring

Geo Networks has announced the completion of its new diverse optical fibre ring between the UK and Ireland, providing advanced, secure and reliable, high performance network between the two countries.


Built in collaboration with Geo’s partners, including ESB Telecoms, Geo’s new East-West Ring will bring the Geo dedicated fibre model to Dublin and the rest of Ireland. Utilising Geo’s substantial UK fibre 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 fibre count, diversely routed cable system.

Demand for high capacity, scalable bandwidth between the UK and Ireland is growing fast and Geo’s new diverse route design is specifically optimised for heavy data users such as data centres, mobile and fixed line carriers, cloud providers and the digital, financial and high tech sectors.

With multi-national customers such as Cogent and EU Networks already signed up to use this new network, Geo will provide its customers with the ability to connect to their networks and data centres in the UK and Ireland. In addition, organisations across Ireland can now connect to anywhere in the UK including direct connectivity into over 100 data centres and key Internet exchanges in London and elsewhere in the UK.

Chris Smedley, chief executive of Geo Networks, said, ‘We are delighted to have completed the first fully diverse, Anglo-Irish cable system offering dedicated fibre solutions. The combination of network reach in both the UK and Ireland, our commercial model, 10 years of service excellence and the design of this subsea connection will provide what we believe will be the preferred choice for organisations looking to prioritise low latency, unlimited bandwidth and reducing their total cost of ownership.’

‘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 fibre connection to the UK is a natural extension of ESB Telecom’s existing fibre network. Companies based here can now directly connect to over 100 data centres 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.’

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