Giganet and Anixter Team to Expand FTTP Internet Service in the UK

Leading ISP Giganet has announced a multi-year agreement with global supply chain services provider Anixter to support the expansion of ultra-fast full fiber service delivery to premises across the UK.

The companies are acting against the backdrop of the UK Government’s vision to increase access to gigabit broadband in the UK to 85% by the end of 2025, and their agreement represents an innovative solution to the operational challenges faced ISPs trying to scale efficiently. their network and their services to meet an ever-increasing demand for high-speed Internet access.

The agreement is the culmination of more than four months of close collaboration and discussions between the two companies’ management teams, and the partners anticipate that their collaboration will bring benefits to Giganet, including increased speed of execution, economies of scale and purchasing, operations and administrative efficiencies and cost effective deployments.

Under the terms of the partnership, Anixter said it would provide Giganet with end-to-end supply chain management expertise, allowing the ISP to focus on its core expertise in delivering affordable gigabit Internet services to consumers and businesses, alongside UK based support and customer service. The agreement also includes storage and material management services; deployment enhancement services; rationalization and management of suppliers; and the provision of passive infrastructure for ducts, sub-ducts, chambers and fiber cables.

“This kind of collaboration and innovation will ensure that Giganet can deliver on our vision of being the best ISP,” said Giganet CEO Jarlath Finnegan.

“We want to connect customers, and Anixter can help us get there in the most efficient way,” he said. “We view this type of approach as a game changer within the ISP industry, allowing us the flexibility to operate nationwide without the logistical and warehousing challenges normally associated with these businesses.”

Yet this decision also comes in the wake of a January 2022 report by the UK Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which casts doubt on whether the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will even meet its downgraded target of rolling out super-fast gigabit broadband to 85% of the population by 2025 .

PAC added that despite progress being made in full fiber adoption across the country, energizing the altnet provider and ISP industry, DCMS relied too heavily on commercial contractors for progress.

The PAC report also pointed out that the DCMS had calculated that the proportion of premises in the UK with access to gigabit broadband increased from 40% to 57% between May and October 2021, but stressed that this was in large part due to Virgin Media O2 upgrade. wired network.

The Committee damningly stated that the DCMS “has made little tangible progress in providing internet connectivity beyond that made by the private sector.” Additionally, he doubted the DCMS’s target of full coverage by 2030 would cover the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK, which include around 134,000 premises, and he had no detailed plan. in place to reach communities where it is not commercially viable to do so. so.

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