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16Jul 2018

(English) Fibre now in Flintshire

The full fibre revolution is gathering pace and more organisations than ever before are reaping the benefits of an ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) internet connection.

Utilising fibre significantly increases reliability over long-established copper networks which means less downtime to serve more customers and maximised revenue streams.

It also allows significantly more data to pass through. Businesses and third sector organisations who take advantage of the fibre optic medium are more flexible and become capable of engaging cost-effective cloud services. Their data is available 24/7, is secure, and can be accessed in remote locations, away from the office.

High definition-quality video conferencing is becoming a more common application but demands a consistent and fast connection. An FTTP connection fulfils requirements well beyond this, empowering businesses to meet customers and colleagues without having to travel, leading to greater productivity levels and reduced operating costs.

Voice over internet protocol (VOIP) also substantially reduces costs by eliminating the need for once conventional phone systems, which are similar in nature to residential landlines. By moving your phone system to an onsite private branch exchange (PBX) or hosted platform in the cloud, fibre connectivity helps to bring simplified management.

As Openreach invest in their nationwide full fibre network, more and more business premises can reap the rewards of an FTTP connection. Within Flintshire, the following exchanges have been enabled for the full fibre experience:

Buckley Caergwrle Caerwys Connahs Quay Flint
Halkyn Hawarden Holywell Mold Mold West
Mostyn Northop Pontybodkin Sealand Rcc

If your business is served by these exchanges and you would like to find out more about obtaining an ultrafast internet connection, please call 01244 283054 or email fttp@comtek.co.uk

13Jul 2018

(English) Zen Internet FTTP Partners

For the first time Comtek will offer some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK in a new partnership with Zen Internet. Zen’s full fibre broadband range, including FTTP, is now available from Comtek, delivering speeds of up to 330Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. These speeds facilitate cutting-edge services that enable our customers to stand out from the competition in serving the needs of their users.

Copper connections traditionally carry residential landline and most broadband services, causing connections to slow due to bandwidth bottlenecks. Even fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections, which most ISPs refer to as “fibre broadband”, are served by copper wiring from the cabinet to the residential or commercial sites.

With FTTP it’s fibre all the way from your local BT exchange to your office. This terminates at the optical network terminator (ONT), a small box that is fitted to your office’s external wall. The link is then passed from the ONT to a fibre optic modem inside your premises.

The result is a fast, future-proof and stable internet connection with a variety of speed options and packages that offer Zen’s full fibre broadband services, delivering more choice and flexibility to meet any requirements.

To find out more, please call 01244 280390 or email zen@comtek.co.uk

04Jul 2018

(English) We are pleased to announce that Comtek is now an approved Mellanox Reseller. Mellanox is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent interconnect solutions and services for servers, storage, and hyper-converged infrastructure. Their intelligent interconnect solutions increase data centre efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance.

mellanox-logo-horizontalMellanox offers a choice of high performance solutions: network and multicore processors, network adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon, that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage, network security, telecom and financial services.

Open Ethernet. Flexibility, Speed and Simple Management

The Mellanox Spectrum™ family of Open Ethernet switches offer customers freedom of choice with third-party network operating systems such as Cumulus to optimize utilization, efficiency, and overall return on investment. Mellanox provides the highest density/performance with comprehensive L2/L3 support for spine and top-of-rack switching at speeds of 10/25/40/50/100Gb/s, in a broad portfolio of 1RU-sizes, ranging from 12 ports through to 64 ports, including industry unique half-width wide switches. This allows for maximum connectivity flexibility to meet application deployment requirements.

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Mellanox world-class 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NIC) deliver the highest performance and most flexible solutions for applications requiring high bandwidth, low latency and high message rates. Mellanox adapters provide performance-driven world-class server, network, and storage performance for the most demanding data-centre environments. Accelerating server and application efficiency through hardware offloads and innovative technologies such as Multi-Host and ASAP2, allowing scalability to tens-of-thousands of nodes.

For more information on the Mellanox range of products please email mellanox@comtek.co.uk

22Mar 2018

(English) The UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) continues to go from strength-to-strength, building upon the Parliamentary success established by its inception last year. The question, “Can the UK catch-up with the global full fibre connectivity race?” was the central theme that was discussed in-depth over drinks and canapés in the Terrace Pavilion room at the House of Commons.

It saw 200 delegates attend from across the full spectrum of the fibre optic industry as well as senior officials from the UK Government, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The event was also attended by experts of the fibre optic and telecommunications industries, including Hyperoptic, CityFibre, O2, Telefonica, Virgin Media, Three, SEE, Sky and Maintel.

The event was opened by host and MP for Belfast East, Gavin Robinson MP. He mentioned that policymakers like himself are ready to listen to the experts of the industry to try and help bring about the full fibre revolution. Ian Lucas MP, a key member of the Commons Select Committee for the DCMS and MP for Wrexham spoke of the importance of full fibre connectivity to businesses in his constituency and elsewhere in the country.

UKFCF chair and CEO of Sorrento Networks, Askar Sheibani, passionately outlined the case for full fibre, stating that implementing full fibre networks is an act of patriotism and has already demonstrated to help revolutionise British business in some parts of the British Isles but we must do more to compete with other European countries.

Panel Discussion

The Q&A session, chaired by Askar Sheibani, looked at the status of full fibre deployment in the UK and ways the barriers to full fibre connectivity can be overcome.

A key theme was how to accelerate investment in full fibre networks. Although there is a high market penetration in VDSL (Very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line), there has been minimal in full fibre with penetration at just 1-3% of the United Kingdom.

Community Fibre and event sponsor Hyperoptic announced plans earlier in the week to pass 100,000 homes and businesses in Southwark in multiple projects.

The government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has made significant steps to help improve the environment in planning and implementing full fibre networks through what Justin Leese refers to as the “barrier busting team”. It also provides financial assistance where it isn’t immediately attractive for the private sector to invest. It was also suggested fibre be installed in all greenfield and brownfield building developments as part of planning approval process.

Six members made up the Q&A panel:

• Erzsébet Fitori, Director General of FTTH Council Europe
• Richard Jones, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer or Ventura Next
• Justin Leese, Local Full Fibre Networks Program Director of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
• Gary Thompson, Managing Director of Between Spaces Limited
• Floyd Windener, Chief Sales Officer of Hyperoptic
• Andrew van der Haar, Managing Director of Fiber Carrier Association (FCA) in the Netherland

The annual parliamentary event was headline sponsored by Hyperoptic. Sorrento Networks, part of the Comtek Group was the parliamentary sponsor. The function coincided with the UK’s largest independent cloud industry event – Cloud Expo Europe of which the Comtek Group was an exhibitor, held at the ExCeL in London on 21-22 March.

UK Fibre Connectivity Forum

The Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) is an association of organisations and individuals committed to working together to support and advise the UK Government in delivering policies that will create a fertile environment for the rapid growth of the UK’s digital economy. UKFCF’s vision is to establish affordable, high-speed full fibre connectivity across all parts of the UK in all commercial and residential buildings, delivered on a level playing field for all stakeholders.

UKFCF was established in 2017 further to last year’s annual connectivity-themed parliamentary event, where the proposal of creating an inclusive forum was received with overwhelmingly enthusiastic agreement. Its quarterly meetings are well-attended by representatives from across the fibre optic industry. Read more here. And March’s Parliamentary Reception further welcomes all members to participate as part of our collective campaign.

UKFCF’s next meeting is on 18 June 2018, taking place at Grant Thornton’s Finsbury Square offices in central London. For more information or to become a member of the UKFCF, please contact Steph Roberts at steph.roberts@ukfcf.org.uk or call 01244 283069.

Photographs

Below is a selection of photographs from the evening.