Huawei and the Virgin Media Group have secured a contract to deploy a national high capacity fibre point to point network for UK infrastructure provider Arqiva.
The new network salted for completion by early 2010 will be at the core of the company’s strategy to develop new services that facilitate growth and enable partnerships.
Arqiva has not disclosed the worth of its network investment other than stating it is ‘significant’ Virgin Media subsidiary, ntl:Telewest Business will initially provide a fully managed 71 Gigabit nation-wide network connecting 44 key sites, including all of Arqiva’s main satellite and terrestrial broadcast hubs, as well as a number of major customer locations.
Huawei will provide the underlying transmission equipment which will enable the network to carry both traditional telecommunication services as well as current and future broadcast service feeds.
“The new network will enhance existing relationships with all of our customers because we will have ultimate end-to-end visibility over the critical services we provide them with. It also opens other avenues of opportunity that will enable us to grow our revenue.,” said Arqiva’s satellite & media division MD Nick Thompson.