Aspire: putting growth plans into action

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We’re proud to be powering Newcastle’s full-fibre network to provide lightning-fast, reliable and future-proofed connectivity to essential public services across the city. Our next-generation fibre goes hand in hand with Newcastle City Council and Aspire’s commitment to provide a first-class digital experience for both residents and businesses – where we’re delivering the technology to support the city now, and for whatever comes next in the future.

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Diego Tedesco

Diego Tedesco, Managing director, Virgin Media O2 Business Wholesale Fixed


A need for speed

With super-fast speeds and ultrafast dedicated connectivity of up to 100 gigabits per second, businesses all over North East England rely on the award-winning managed service provider Aspire and their partnership with Virgin Media Business Wholesale – delivering the highly available, unified communications solutions so vital to our digitalised economy.

So Virgin Media Business Wholesale were excited to support Aspire on their bid for a full-fbre network contract with Newcastle City Council.

Like other go-ahead cities, Newcastle wants its education centres to offer fast, flexible learning without bandwidth restrictions. What’s more, since being voted Smart City of the Year 2020, its council has been looking to technology to deliver better public services across the board to improve the lives of its residents.

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At Aspire, our mission is to deliver technology like no other. We are dedicated to putting technology to work to help customers innovate, become more efficient and grow quicker. From enabling smart technology and giving people reliable services to work from home with ease to facilitating innovation as a result of the Internet of Things, 3D Printing and artificial intelligence – Ultrafast Dedicated Connectivity is the enabler to digital transformation.

Chris fraser, Managing Director, Aspire

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Its what partners are for

It’s what partners are for

Aspire knew it could grow its existing network to support Newcastle’s digital transformation – it just needed a flexible and adaptable partner to help make things happen. Not just to supply dark fibre to support its bid, but also to realise future growth ambitions and help build on its successes. Enter Virgin Media Business Wholesale. Aspire told us that it chose our dark-fibre solution based on the strength of our network reach and pricing. So, to prepare them for the bid submission, we worked closely together on the bid resourcing and management. And we also took on providing all the necessary technical pre-sales support and expertise.


A win every which way

Aspire was successful in its bid and is now busy rolling out the full-fibre network for Newcastle City Council, with completion expected later this year. And to ensure everything starts smoothly, Newcastle will be able to access Aspire’s in-house IT support and service desk 24 × 7 × 365. Thanks to this strategy, Aspire has already won credibility over its competitors in the public-sector space, and is now discussing partnerships with Virgin Media Business Wholesale on other bids in nearby council areas.  

Looking ahead, vital public-sector sites – including schools and hospitals – can now look forward to enjoying super-fast connectivity for years to come. And be able to future-proof their services to make life easier and more convenient for local residents.


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