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RapidSwitch And Geo Win Global Telecoms Business Award For Private Fibre Network


RapidSwitch's parent company Iomart and dedicated fibre network provider Geo Networks Ltd (Geo) have won the prestigious Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Award for ‘Fixed Network Infrastructure Innovation.'

The award was presented at a ceremony in London last night for the successful delivery by Geo of a fully private network to match iomart's private cloud infrastructure.

The project, which included the delivery of a fully dedicated 1,860km fibre optical ring connecting iomart's eight UK data centres, and the intricate integration of numerous network layers, was completed in less than four months, during the 2012 London Olympic road works embargo.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: "It has been a long-held ambition of iomart to have complete ownership of our customers' journey with no reliance on third party hosts. With Geo's help we now have one of the most resilient and secure fibre networks and the network capacity, speed and connectivity to take the cloud right up to our customers' door."

The GTB Innovation Awards recognise collaboration between operators and vendors on the most innovative projects from the international telecoms and communications industry.

Chris Smedley, Chief Executive at Geo commented: "As the only company in the UK which leases carrier-grade dedicated fibre, Geo can provide services faster than its competitors. Our business model is different from the traditional telco model, offering our customers greater choice and flexibility."

The Awards were founded by Global Telecoms Business Magazine, part of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC group. Editor Alan Burkitt-Gray added: "The industry is seeing a wave of innovation which is making a huge difference — to the companies working in the industry and to all of us in business and as consumers."

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