Dark Fibre

We'll find dark fibre to connect your offices, and to connect to multiple data-centres so that you can manage your own network

We supply dark fibre and dark fibre networks to clients. Dark fibre is so-called because it is delivered to the customer as an “unlit” segment of optical fibre between buildings. It offers direct connectivity between your business locations and with data-centres, providing you with the capability of controlling the network environment. You can light and manage the connection yourself, or we can do this on your behalf so that you can take on the operation of the network once installation is complete.

The biggest advantage of dark fibre over “lit” or “managed” services is its flexibility: only the equipment at each end of the fibre needs to be upgraded to take advantage of huge speed increases. 1Gbit/sec and 10Gbit/sec equipment is very affordable, and 100Gbit/sec is achievable without too much capital expenditure. All the while the ongoing cost of the fibre remains the same, regardless of the technologies used.

We can help you to connect facilities securely within a metro area or between cities with dedicated fibre and optical network paths, and we’re specialists in supporting diverse routes procured from different carriers.

We can help with:

  • scoping out the dark fibre in your area
  • working with multiple suppliers to recommend resilient solutions
  • meeting your operational and budgetary needs
  • offering transit and ethernet services

We guarantee that we won’t over oversell and provide you with connectivity you don’t need and we’ll provide the right amount of connectivity at the right time, and the right price.

Benefits of dark fibre

Control of your network

One of the main benefits of dark fibre is it gives you full control of your network. You control the equipment and connection settings and you can choose the technology, protocols and features your business needs. You won’t have to share your connectivity with others.

You can scale up to match your developing capacity requirements by upgrading and replacing your equipment, particularly if you are struggling with existing provider services in your area.

Control over costs

You’ll be managing and operating your connectivity so you’ll be able to control costs — you won’t be limited to standard offerings from existing service providers so you’ll be able to create your own best-fit solution to match your requirements.

Reliability and performance

Dark fibre offers great reliability and performance because generally you’ll be using point-to-point routing which means that you not dependent on carriers core networks switching and routing. You have full visibility of the optical path, so are able to see if a particular circuit is damaged or down, and any impact that has on your total network capacity.

Security and privacy

Your data will be secure because it won’t be traversing the public internet — you can decide what standards and protocols to use and use your preferred encryption methods.

High volume data transfer

Fibre optic cables can be lit at 1Gbps, 10Gbps, up to 100Gbps on a single wavelength depending on the length of the fibre. Should you require more bandwidth, or want to mix multiple service on one fibre, we can provide wavelength division multiplexed (CWDM or DWDM) options to suit.

IP transit

IP transit

We offer transit and ethernet services in several Manchester and UK data-centres, helping you cross-connect for extra carrier diversity

Data-centre backhaul

Data-centre backhaul

We offer data-centre backhaul using circuits or wavelength services to provide low latency connectivity

Internet Exchange Points

Internet Exchange Points

Internet exchanges bring networks closer together, improve reliability and stability of serivce, while keeping the cost of Internet access competitive.

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