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Northumberland to see boost in digital infrastructure

Network provider Commsworld is partnering up with rural broadband firm Alncom to transform digital networks and infrastructure throughout Northumberland.

The Edinburgh-headquartered company is joining forces with Alnwick-based Alncom to give businesses and organisations in the remotest parts of the county the chance to enhanced broadband connectivity, bandwidth and resilience.

This would be achieved by giving rural communities access to Commsworld’s nationwide Optical Core network, with connections to superfast 10 Gigabit connectivity directly to their premises.

MD of Alncom, Stephen Pinchen, said: “This is a significant development for Alncom. Northumberland is home to remote communities with the highest volume of cottage and ‘table-top’ industries in the UK. It’s a transformative move, literally life changing for our customers and will really help bridge the digital divide.”

Faced with frequent logistical challenges in some of the country’s most inhospitable areas, Pinchen and his team have developed a ‘get it done’ approach, going above and beyond to connect even the most challenging of remote rural locations.

Alncom has built a Gigabit-ready, full-fibre network and partnered with US tech firm Adtran to complete the project. Stephen Pinchen continued: “This new partnership with Commsworld will further enhance its access to further full-fibre networks across Northumberland and the North East of England.”

Bruce Strang, Commsworld’s chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to be partnering up with Alncom. Much like us, Alncom is growing at a phenomenal rate, continuing to expand its footprint through organic and inorganic growth, and enhancing its customer offerings.

“Our partnership will result in a step change in the delivery of digital services to the harder-to-reach rural areas. We have the largest privately-funded Optical Core network in the UK with the capability to provide a reliable, high-speed network that is affordable to all those in need of it, no matter where they are geographically.

“As a result, we can provide the flexibility to layer on the latest products that can deliver real value and outcomes to customers in both the public and private sector. Working together we can create a dynamic, modern, robust and resilient digital network for Northumberland and beyond.”

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