Irish fibre provider lights up Euro network

23 Sep 2005

Irish-owned telco Global Voice (GV) has launched a new wholesale broadband service that will allow Wi-Fi and DSL operators to operate services on the back of its 14-city network.

The Singapore-listed fibre operator has launched a packaged broadband backbone offering called Xchange Connect, which will give operators immediate access to over 60pc of the exchanges in 14 major cities across Europe and support a wide range of broadband services including Wi-Max, DSL, ADSL, VDSL, and a full range of SDSL services for offering businesses voice over internet protocol.

GV’s broadband backbone will be aimed at new entrants and incumbent carriers alike, enabling them to launch services that do not rely on the existing copper telephone networks.

Xchange Connect will be available in Germany from late September and GV’s other European markets will follow imminently. The cities are: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague in the Netherlands; Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart in Germany; London and Dublin. GV’s inter-city network cost €600m to construct. The replacement cost today is estimated to be over €750m.

Noel Meaney, chief executive, Global Voice Group, said: “EU governments have been called upon to speed up measures to make broadband access cheaper and more secure for consumers. GV’s broadband backbone offering will enable immediate entry to the market for new players and facilitate the provision of a far more cost-effective and secure solution that incorporates access to voice, data, picture, multimedia and interactive media transported on one dedicated single carrier technology.”

By Brian Skelly