Much more than just a brilliant network

As you read this, we’re supercharging the UK with a £3bn investment to extend our ultrafast optical fibre network to 17 million homes and businesses. Project Lightning is the biggest private investment in UK internet infrastructure in over a decade. By 2019, we’ll have added four million homes and businesses to our network with an emphasis on reaching historically under-served areas.

We’re proudly confident that Project Lightning will benefit the UK economy by £8 billion and be directly responsible for the creation of 6,000 new jobs, including 1,000 new apprenticeships.

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Save money and stay nimble

Connect to our network, and you’ll save money through voice and data convergence. You can transfer large volumes of data at blisteringly high speeds, centralise and secure your data storage, and  — if needed – instantly implement disaster recovery plans. It’s also about flexibility. As you change, we change with you. You’re free to re-purpose, re-prioritise and refresh the way you use our network – and run an ever-expanding list of applications across it.

The infrastructure you need

We have the largest fibre optic network in the UK, with 330 Ethernet PoPs and over 38,000 street cabinets. It’s superfast and incredibly robust. And since our network reaches right to the kerb, it’s usually quick and easy to deliver it directly into your premises.

Our network in numbers

  • We currently handle up to 86,000 calls a minute – way short of our capacity.
  • Our network has 38,000 breakout points, 186,000 km of fibre-optic cabling and 330 Ethernet nodes.
  • We’re a Cisco Gold partner and the first UK organisation to achieve full PSN certification, as well as the first organisation with national security CAS(T) 2-2-4 certification.
  • We’re also the first European provider with MEF9 and MEF14 certifications.
  • We deliver business-grade data, voice and internet solutions nationwide.
  • During busy periods, we carry over half a terabyte of data every second.

Other Services

Our Carriers Network

Our network includes 162 voice telephony switches across the UK, as well as 186,000km of local and metro network. So we’re perfectly placed to provide services to mobile operators, ISPs and other network operators.


Opportunities for partners

Through key partnerships, we’re able to offer communications solutions that include Business Network Services, Leased Lines, Metro Ethernet VPN and VPLS.


Carrier Ethernet

With our Ethernet connectivity you can hook up all your UK locations with the same speed and performance as if they were in the same room. Our Carrier Ethernet services are provided over a fibre MPLS core rather than legacy technologies such as ATM or SONET. Our IP technology creates a truly flexible, scalable network. And our MEF-14 certified Ethernet supports the most demanding real-time services, like VoIP and HD-quality video conferencing.


Ethernet Point of Presence

Our National Ethernet product has more than 330 nodes, giving you easier access and better value, so there’s no need to rely on third parties for last-leg connectivity.