Bristol City Council BNET Initiative Brings Low Cost, High Speed Internet
Local network services firm HNS selected to manage new BNET Gigabit Internet service
Bristol-based Hub Network Services (HNS), a leading wholesale Internet service and network communications infrastructure company, today announced it has been selected as the wholesale provider of Bristol City Council’s new BNET duct fibre communications network.
Set to deliver low cost, secure, high speed Gigabit Internet connectivity to thousands of businesses in the Bristol area, this follows HNS’ appointment by ITS Technology Group, a nationwide public sector IT services company, following an agreement between ITS and Bristol City Council, to an exclusive 20-year concession to develop the BNET network.
The two firms already work closely together to make affordable high-quality Internet connectivity easily accessible to local businesses. This is in line with the Council’s objective of leveraging its existing duct infrastructure for providing commercial services across the area that directly contribute to economic growth. As a revenue sharing initiative, a proportion of the income received by the Council from businesses using the BNET service, will be used for the funding of other important local services.
Approximately 80 Km’s in length, the BNET duct network carrying the high-speed fibre optic cabling already covers most of Bristol, extending from Filton in the North to Keynsham and Long Ashton in the South. With plans to expand the fibre footprint by an additional 96 Km’s, businesses further afield can also expect to benefit from having low latency fibre optic connections directly to their premises.
John Volanthen, CEO of HNS, said, “As a local network and IT solutions specialist, HNS are delighted to be supporting Bristol City Council in this exciting local business community initiative. With its already extensive footprint, BNET is ideally suited for quickly connecting businesses of all sizes to the Internet, including the many media, marketing and software firms in the area with particularly large bandwidth requirements; as well as large multi-tenant office buildings and corporate premises. Apart from sheer speed, low latency and low cost, BNET also offers a reliable, fully supported and very secure Internet connectivity solution.”
Mike Jones, Head of Major Projects at ITS said “It’s a real pleasure to be working with a local network and IT specialist of such quality in Bristol. The partnership between the Council, HNS and ITS will enable the delivery of large bandwidth to local business throughout the City and support the regeneration initiatives of the Council and its partners. This will build on the excellent work the council is doing to become a ‘smart city’ using technology to solve some of the road blocks preventing the city in achieving its full potential.”
Gavin Beckett, Head of Digital Transformation, Bristol City Council said, “As a leading digital city, The Bristol Network and the collaboration with Bristol City Council is imperative to drive forward a programme of change throughout the city.”
BNET is available immediately to businesses from just £350 per month (RRP) for a fully managed and supported 1 Gb/s service. HNS are recruiting a number of locally-based IT support and telecom reseller firms to accelerate roll out of the new BNET service. Business customer and reseller partners will be supported by HNS’ 24/7/365 in-house network monitoring and support team.
The B-Net (Bristol Network) ducting and fibre communications network is owned by Bristol City Council which it purchased more than 15 years ago, from Rediffusion, a cable TV pioneer. Used to support the Council’s ICT requirements including telephony, data, traffic related network and CCTV, the network and fibre optic cabling has been continuously enhanced and expanded.
Bristol-based HNS is a wholesale Internet service and infrastructure provider specialising in high quality business connectivity solutions using its own highly resilient and redundant network.
HNS has a proven and long established track record in delivering reliable, cost effective, scalable networking solutions to customers around the globe. SME and corporate customers also benefit from a range of complementary IT services including data centre co-location and cloud computing. 24x7x365 network monitoring and technical support is provided to customers by the company’s in-house Cisco certified support staff.