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Virgin Media expands fibre network to Equinix Manchester data centre

Written by Mon 27 May 2024

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Part of Virgin Media O2 Business, Virgin Media Business Wholesale, has introduced new fibre routes and high bandwidth services at the Equinix Manchester MA5 site.

Virgin Media Business Wholesale said this addition strengthens the UK’s primary network ecosystem outside London by offering high-capacity infrastructure to fast-growing businesses in Manchester and the North.

Equinix MA5 is one of over 160 data centres connected by Virgin Media Business Wholesale’s network. It caters to hyperscalers, connectivity resellers, and enterprises in need of ultra-low-latency connections by providing colocation and long-term capacity.

“It sets us up to provide our wholesale partners with more efficient and cost-effective network solutions, and further increases the reach and diversity of our network across the region,” said John Chester, Wholesale Fixed Director at Virgin Media O2 Business.

The new routes support up to 100Gbps, handling services such as 10Gbps National Ethernet and 10Gbps and 100Gbps National High Capacity Services (NHCS). This follows the company’s NHCS upgrade, which introduced a new core network for easier provisioning of high bandwidth, ultra-low latency connectivity.

Virgin Media Business Wholesale is also enhancing network capabilities at four other UK data centres: Equinix LD5, Equinix LD8, Telehouse North, and Global Switch. Virgin Media Business Wholsesale said these upgrades offer diversity and cost-effective scaling, enabling quicker connection setups for partners.

Virgin Media Business Wholesale said these improvements form part of Virgin Media Business Wholesale’s investment programme to enhance their 10Gbps and higher portfolio, aiming for faster connections through automation and reduced delivery times.

“This further investment in Manchester will help the UK’s position as a strategic digital business hub, where a 43% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in interconnection bandwidth is expected by 2025, driven by network, content and media, and financial services demand,” said Lorraine Wilkinson, Regional Vice President UK at Equinix,

The company plans to expand into more core hub sites later in 2024, targeting full nationwide availability.

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Written by Mon 27 May 2024

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