Today marks an exciting day for our channel and wholesale partners. Today we’re announcing our highly-anticipated Next-Gen London Dark Fibre network and On-net exchanges – expanding our On-net reach by more than 100,000 postcodes in the UK’s capital. By increasing our network footprint, we aim to reduce the dependency on 3rd party carriers and enable us to offer our channel partners and wholesalers the lowest-cost and highest-quality Ethernet connectivity in the UK, with 1Gbps/1Gbps being cheaper by comparison to the next lowest cost carrier by over £200 per month! And don’t get us started on the 10Gbps/10Gbps pricing! That’s over £500pm lower than our competitors!

The ‘phase one’ exchange rollout has seen us being able to offer the lowest cost uncontended (1:1) Gigabit and 100Mbps Ethernet in the UK while still maintaining and installing the highest quality Juniper Networks © infrastructure. We also have also an ambitious ongoing exchange rollout strategy, which is designed to help our partners and wholesalers offer the UK’s lowest-cost and highest-quality Ethernet connectivity further afield in Manchester and Birmingham. Expanding the current on-net network is planned to be brought to market within the next 4 – 6 months, with other key UK hubs on the roadmap for later in the year.

Our decision to expand our footprint nationwide, starting in London, is a result of understanding where the market is heading. With the increasing demand for high bandwidth connectivity, it became increasingly obvious that this could not be achieved using some of the 3rd party carriers. We needed to be able to take control of the end-to-end delivery, avoiding backhaul capacity issues that limit the industry. By investing from the outset in the backhaul capacity, I am confident that Elite can deliver these high capacity services both now and in the future.

David Simmons – CEO

Uniquely, we’ve opted to connect our on-net exchanges with Dark Fibre infrastructure, combined with DWDM technology. While Dark Fibre is expensive, it offers us the ability to instantly scale and access virtually limitless back-haul bandwidth at a moment’s notice, when required. This means backhauling traffic from exchanges becomes easier and will not decrease the performance of customers connection if more bandwidth is needed. Using Dark Fibre ensures the network is future-proofed and able to backhaul high-bandwidth client connections of 10Gbps and 100Gbps synchronous.

While completing an in-depth competitor analysis, it has become apparent that lower bandwidth and unscalable fibre such as 1Gbps and 10Gbps Point to Points have historically been used to link exchanges. While perfectly fine to do so, it isn’t in line with Elite’s Flexible or Innovate core values, so we have chosen to offer a completely scalable Dark Fibre service that isn’t restricted by the fibre itself. If we need an extra 100Gbps of backhaul, we’ll light it in a matter of hours.

Matthew Rogers – Head of Marketing & BD

Partnering with Elite

We’re currently recruiting Partners to help drive the project, and in return, you’ll get access to the UK’s lowest cost Gigabit Ethernet service and access to one of the UK’s leading connectivity portals which features detailed Ethernet graphing, a powerful broadband diagnostics engine and full end-to-end Ethernet and Broadband ordering.

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