Gateshead Council and Alcatel-Lucent announce that one of the first high speed, open access networks in the country is now live at the Gateshead International Business Centre (GIBC). The network can deliver up to 100mb/s of internet capacity, expandable to 10gb/s.
The partnership between Gateshead Council and Alcatel-Lucent is a practical example of the steps that need to be taken to equip the UK to compete and lead in the global digital economy – the objective at the heart of the Digital Britain report. This world-class high speed fibre access network represents an innovative way to deliver the applications and content required by 21st century businesses. The advantages of the high-speed network will also be made available to households in the immediate area.
Building this high speed network was made possible by an innovative partnership between Gateshead Council and Alcatel-Lucent, creating a joint venture company in 2008 called Gateshead Technology Innovation Ltd (G-ti), which tackled funding challenges head on.
Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Mick Henry, said: “Gateshead Council is delighted to be at the forefront of broadband technology and leading the way by being the first local authority to go live with a project like this… We are confident G-ti, as a world-class communications network, will help local business perform on a global level and encourage them to embrace new technologies that will keep them ahead of their game.”