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Vorboss to provide London businesses with at least 10 Gbps enterprise fiber network • Technology Flow

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A new enterprise fiber network is set to provide 100 Gbps (gigabits-second) high-speed internet to London businesses as part of a £250 million ($290 million) investment in the city’s infrastructure.

Vorboss was originally founded as a software provider from London in 2006, but with the advent of cloud computing and growing demand from its customers, it branched out into connectivity a few years ago – and is benefiting from recent regulatory changes that have now opened it up. Existing infrastructure for newcomers.

The company was acquired by Fern Trading for an undisclosed figure in 2020 to invest £250 million to help Vorbas build what it calls “London’s only full-coverage fiber internet network dedicated to business”.

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BT subsidiary Openreach, which provides infrastructure for most broadband service providers in the UK (Virgin is a notable exception), passed new Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) regulation in 2019 to encourage more competition in fiber networks. As Vorboss to make their mark.

Essentially, this new regulation allows third-parties to lay their own cables within existing duct infrastructure and to attach or maintain equipment to existing telegraph poles. That’s what Vorboss has been doing for the past few years, connecting 500km (310 miles) of fiber optic cables directly to the premises (FTTP) – rather than through a copper and cabinet intermediary – at low speeds of 10 Gbps.

This 10 Gbps baseline will cost customers £650 a month on an initial 12-month contract and represents a significant increase over the 1 Gbps cap offered by most other services – and Vorboss says services can run up to 100 Gbps. Users are already accepting. It includes 22 Bishopsgate, which made it one of the tallest office buildings in the UK when it opened last year, and pitches its connectivity as a key selling point for tenants.

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22 Bishopsgate, also known as Twentytwo, is a commercial skyscraper in the City of London

Another interesting aspect of Vorboss is its variety of props. The company says it has created more than 300 jobs for Londoners since the start of 2021, 200 of which come directly from its own in-house training academy, meaning these recruits previously worked in completely different departments before joining Vorboss. Specifically, the company says women make up about 40% of its field-based installation team, and Creswick says they aim for gender balance in all roles.

“We are proud to be based in London and believe our team reflects the diversity of our community,” Vorboss founder and CEO Tim Creswick said in a statement. “We know this is only possible if we attract new people to this industry.”

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Vorboss’s ultimate goal is to cover every commercial building in central London, with little indication so far that it is looking to expand beyond the UK capital. Despite the rise of remote work and the economic downturn, London remains an attractive proposition for domestic and international companies to open offices, as it is a major technology and financial center – contributing almost a quarter of the country’s £2.2 trillion GDP annually. But businesses (and households) in London and across the country often suffer from poor connectivity, with broadband speeds in the UK among the slowest in Europe.

“London generates £500 billion of GDP, yet many businesses are at the mercy of restrictive telecommunications products and business models,” Creswick said. “These legacy networks are a limiting factor in critical technology decisions that can inhibit growth.”

Outside of London, the UK government is rolling out various initiatives to speed up more rural areas, including its £5 billion Project Gigabit. It’s also worth noting that there are other full-fibre providers out there capitalizing on the UK’s regulatory shakeup, but this is where Vorboss is trying to differentiate itself – it’s not just promoting broadband with a super-fast baseline guarantee, it’s pitching it. It is purely in businesses. Companies that sign up to Vorboss are not sharing network capacity with homes.

“We believe it makes sense to focus on the City, as no one directly sells full coverage fiber to businesses in central London at at least 10 Gbps,” a Vorboss spokesperson told Technology Flow. “Many people try and do business and fiber-to-the-home on the same network, so there is no specialization in either. We are open and transparent in the way we do business and offer a guaranteed price for the duration of the contract.

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