Three leading technology firms have come together to help Aberdeen businesses learn more about how their operations can be transformed by a new ultra-fast network.
With businesses suffering from the downturn in the Oil & Gas industry looking for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency, the three firms believe they can identify key ways to help those organisations through this tough period.
The Next Generation Networks event, hosted by Commsworld on Wednesday 11thNovember at the Village Hotel Club in Aberdeen, will outline how businesses can best utilise CityFibre’s new Aberdeen CORE network of ultra-fast pure-fibre infrastructure.
Delegates will hear from key speakers from infrastructure builder CityFibre, as well as Commsworld and brightsolid, who will outline the huge potential their combined services can offer, with improved efficiency cited as being especially significant for the Aberdeen economy.
Telecommunication Network provider, Commsworld, has seen the level of business interest in the city grow substantially this year as firms look for smarter, faster online connectivity to improve their internal and external services.
Ricky Nicol, Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this event and engaging with the Aberdeen business community.
“It is evident that a great number of businesses in the city are either feeling the pinch of the low oil price directly or the knock on effects of the downturn in the industry and simply need to make efficiency savings.
“In many cases we can help to reduce costs, especially the unexpected costs such as downtime, but improving network capability and therefore internet connectivity is also a great way to improve efficiency and output.”
In March this year CityFibre launched its Aberdeen CORE project, which will see a “pure fibre network” installed in Aberdeen allowing business to access gigabit internet speeds.
Using state of the art fibre technology, the multi-gigabit network offers unparalleled flexibility and resilience versus the old legacy circuit structures.
James McClafferty, City Development Manager at CityFibre, said: “Since announcing our Aberdeen CORE network, we have had a fantastic response from an eager business community.
“It’s great to see so many businesses making the decision to switch to a state-of-the-art network. With the first connections now live we are already seeing the benefits enjoyed from pure fibre connectivity.
“Following the success of our partnership in Edinburgh, we look forward to working with Commsworld to bring the benefits to more businesses in Aberdeen.”
Brightsolid recently opened its new state-of-the-art data centre on its Lang Stracht site, which will be accessible through the Aberdeen CORE network – and will provide businesses with vital data handling from the centre at ultra-fast service speeds.
CEO, Richard Higgs, is keen to see Aberdeen data stay in the city rather than it going south to the central belt or London and believes the local economy can be helped by the increased collaboration this would enable.
He said: “What I think is really exciting for Aberdeen right now is the potential to create a peering centre – so that data can stay within Aberdeen and significantly lower transit costs.
“Making a city-centric comms network would resolve the uneven distribution of connectivity and improve collaboration across the industries that are feeling the effects of the low oil price.”