WarwickNet leading the way with PIA

An independent high-speed internet service provider (ISP) is helping ensure the UK’s digital economy vision can be realised, courtesy of its work deploying fibre broadband networks using BT’s Openreach infrastructure.

WarwickNet, based in Coventry, is one of five ISPs across the country to be deploying Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) commercially, allowing them to build their own infrastructure faster and more efficiently, without seeking permission from Openreach.

PIA was introduced in 2010 by Ofcom as a remedy in the wholesale local access market review and it allows WarwickNet to build high-speed networks by using access to BT Openreach ducts and poles between an end-user and an appropriate NGA node, or similar, in the Openreach network.

Late last year, BT chief executive Gavin Patterson set out his company’s ambition to deliver Britain’s digital future, which includes achieving a major change in overall internet speeds and the roll-out of ultrafast broadband.

Patterson said:

“We want to forge an ultrafast future for Britain and stand ready to help the government deliver broadband speeds necessary for every property and business to enjoy modern day internet services. To achieve this, we need a collaborative effort across industry and government.”

Working in tandem with BT, WarwickNet is providing a platform for businesses to expand and thrive by tackling slow speeds in hard-to-reach parts of the country. Founder Ben King believes, as one of the few providers to offer PIA in this arena, his organisation is leading the way in helping the UK realise its digital economy vision.

He said:

“We have worked successfully with Openreach for a considerable amount of time and, as a relatively small company, we have been agile enough to access some of these enabling powers ahead of our larger competitors.

Having access to BT’s Openreach ducts and poles has allowed us to deploy our own fibre networks across poorly connected business parks on a much faster timescale and has seen numerous businesses connected in a fraction of the time it would have taken otherwise.

Although this is great news, we still have some way to go in terms of getting UK business parks the bandwidth they desperately want and need. We have ambitious plans to offer this sort of capability across the country, which will be a real game-changer in terms of our nation’s competitiveness.

Superfast broadband is the future for businesses which want to compete in the global economy. The problem for a lot of small, medium and even larger companies on many sites we come across is their wings are clipped by poor connectivity in a business world which relies upon quick and easy access to the internet.

It is extremely satisfying to enable data-hungry businesses which typically inhabit these parks to work more efficiently and develop their businesses more rapidly.”

Founded by King in 2008, WarwickNet turned over £3.4 million in the last financial year, having provided broadband solutions to more than 1,000 businesses nationwide. The company offers clients access to a range of high-speed connectivity solutions including high-capacity leased lines, business-grade broadband and Premium Internet Access, by deploying PIA, vectoring as well as fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.

ISP Review

Thursday, 28th July 2016